Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Turner-Uribe.
Paige, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My family moved around a lot when I was growing up. I was shy and didn’t fit in at school and drawing was a sanctuary for me. It’s something I’ve done my whole life. I earned a BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University, and then an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I had great teachers at both schools. I feel lucky to have studied with some of the original Chicago Imagists. I worked various office jobs for about ten years after school, painting at night and on weekends. I moved to Los Angeles with my husband twelve years ago. We live in an apartment in the Palms neighborhood with our two young daughters, and my studio is in a corner of our living room. I lost both my parents in recent years to cancer. I have always managed to paint even though I have had a lot of other things going on in life.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make medium-small oil on canvas paintings of atmospheric landscapes and figurative scenes with open-ended narratives. I work from an ephemera of found photos and my own snapshots as well as from direct observation. A painting is a window, a mirror, a flat picture plane with paint on it. I’m interested in the sublime and the uncanny in ordinary life and the way light and color convey feeling and mood and the ambiguities in between. The titles of the paintings allude to the thoughts and feelings I may have in mind when working on something. My hope is that the paintings will be a space of contemplation and beauty where the viewer can draw from their own experiences.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Stay in touch with your artist friends from school – those relationships are important throughout your life. Get involved in your local art scene, go to openings and exhibitions, have studio visits with other artists, and connect with other artists on Instagram. Arts-related community service programs and teaching positions can also be a great way to meet other artists.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I currently have work at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in the group show, Shady Acres through May 25th. I have been in a number of recent group shows and had a solo show at 00-LA last year. We will see what the summer brings. I post upcoming exhibition announcements on Instagram.
- Website: paigeturneruribe.com
- Instagram: @paigeturneruribe