Latest Shape collaboration: Josie Rae Turnbull was commissioned to great a new installation work as part of the 2023 Shape Open exhibition, Open All Hours.

Artist statement: Josie Rae Turnbull is a multi disciplinary artist and art facilitator, currently based in London. She completed her MA in Fine Art and Science at Central Saint Martins in 2022, following a number of years living in Ho Chi Minh City. Her MA work across textiles, sculpture, printmaking and lens-based media was impelled by research into absurd, fabulist ‘case studies’ of animal protagonists revealing human failings.

Throwaway consumer tat is refashioned through bricolage and material glitches. The life cycles of various industries, and their uncanny fall-outs, are reconstituted through a visual language led by artificial colour relationships and material glitches. She is fascinated by a feature common to aesthetics of microscopic imaging, and the concept of the hyperreal – that of using the ‘absolute fake’ to better see the ‘real’ thing.

A decorated floaty garment hangs in a large window.

Detailed photograph of a section of 'The Sparkle of the Kin', by Josie Rae Turnbull.

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Banner image description: Photo of a brightly coloured textile installation in a large gallery window. Silk and lace fabrics and decorated garments in bright colours including pinks, reds and blues are draped in a shop-window arrangement. One large silk fabric print contains the image of a large fish.