Nicola Turner (b.1967) is a Bath based artist. Recent exhibitions include Waterweek, Gallery North, East Sussex, Blue Monday, 44AD, Bath and MA 2019, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset. With a background in scenography Turner has over twenty years international experience. She graduated from Central St Martins College of Art & Design and in 2007 won the Green Room Award and the Helpmann Award for her design for Rusalka at the Sydney Opera House.
In her art practice she investigates mortality, vitality, eroticism, mass and fusion. She is exploring the interconnection of life and death, human and non-human, attraction and repulsion. She combines found objects that hold traces of memory, materials from organic ‘dead’ matter (e.g horsehair) and the shapes of human form. She explores the interconnection of humans to objects and each other and the awareness of death, as a way of affirming life forces, amidst confusion and the unsettled. Her work has resonance with the concept of the abject and the capacity of the world to disorient and connect to primal instinct. She is interested in the dissolution of boundaries and looking at the in-betweeness of things, exploring how humans are ecosystems that exchange and overlap with other ecosystems, not bounded by skin or death.