Keeping It Together
“This piece is highly personal. My inspiration was to create something that would represent all of life’s challenges, and it took me a long time to get it right. As I worked, I was thinking about a fact of life...not a day goes by that we are not hit with masses of information to occupy our heads; lists of things to do; activities to enjoy; more than one job to undertake; caring for kids; remembering to pay bills. So that’s how the name came to be ”Keeping It Together.” The last two years have been very challenging for our family... celebrations, disappointments, operations, new beginnings and deaths. Throughout it all, I had my work - my passion. My art reflects my life.
Most of what I do is portraiture, which is commissioned. I really enjoy that. But what truly drives me, and fulfills my passion, is making art based on an expression of my own emotions. ”Keeping It Together” does just that. I used a technique that was both fun and challenging. Although I hadn’t done anything like it before, I had been trying to work it out in my head for some time. I rolled out the wet clay and pulled it apart; that was almost like therapy – working through what has happened in the last couple of years. Then I pieced the strips together and formed the bust, purposely leaving parts raw and open – split apart; it truly depicts my feelings. I positioned the hand to represent what I was thinking...what my life was about – holding everything together so it won’t crumble.
It’s interesting to observe the reactions of those who view the piece. I have heard everything from, “I have a headache” to “Keep an open mind.” These remarks are what give me satisfaction as an artist. I strive to create art that inspires conversation and reflection. It's important for each person looking at a piece of sculpture (or any work of art) to have their own observations and interpretation. For me, that’s what art is all about – fulfilling the imagination, creating an emotion, giving time to pause and reflect.
When I was finished, I fired the clay and sent the original to be cast in bronze. I chose a pewter patina to give it the edge I was looking for and made the inside gold to evoke warmth. The piece as a whole is meant to evoke personal emotions and to help us realize that often we must search deep within ourselves to feel safe and secure.”
"Keeping It Together"
LImited edition bronze of 30
16" x 8" x 12" high
Art Maui 2012 announces honors
March 29, 2012
The Maui News
The Art Maui Board of Directors chose the publicity piece for 2013 from this year's selected entries: Christine Turnbull's bronze sculpture "Keeping it Together," 16-by-8-by-12 inches.
Art Maui, the county's leading juried exhibition, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Schaefer International Gallery through April 20. For details, visit www.artmaui.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christine Turnbull's “Keeping It Together” Sculpture Given Art Maui Award
WAILUKU, MAUI, HI – April 4, 2012 – Christine Turnbull's unique bronze sculpture called “Keeping It Together” was selected to be the publicity piece representing Art Maui for 2013 by the Board of Directors. “I wanted to reflect the masses of things we do every day just to keep it together” said the Maui sculptress. The bronze can be seen at Art Maui in the Schaffer Gallery, Maui Arts and Culture Center through April and then at the Turnbull Fine Art gallery in Paia.
“I tried to create a work that represented all facets of life's challenging moments, piecing clay strips together and purposely leaving parts open and split apart, part of how I was feeling.” Christine observed, “The hand is a gesture attempting to hold everything together. Christine apprenticed in stone and woodcarving, but was brought back to her desire to work with clay and studied under renowned artist and realist sculptor, Anna Good.
Christine Turnbull is one of a family of internationally recognized master sculptors with studios, a sculpture garden and gallery on Kahekili Highway as well as Turnbull Fine Art gallery in Paia, Maui, Hawaii. Both are open to the public. Seven of the artists represented by the Turnbull Fine Art gallery were selected to show at Art Maui. They are Lori Koprowski, Lynne Garzino, Semyon Bilmes, Ed Lane, Julie Houck, Jefferson Stillwell and Christine Turnbull. The bronze sculpture “Keeping It Together” can be seen on Christine’s website and further information is available by email
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