Vadis Turner has synthesized the practice of painting with feminist materials. Hand-dyed and up-cycled layers of ribbon, clothing and bedding are translated into brushstrokes. Each mark is hand sewn onto woven foundations, canvas or fixed in resin.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Turner received a BFA and MFA from Boston University and has exhibited her work internationally. Selected exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; National Gallery, Prague; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 21C Museum, Tennessee State Museum, Kentucky Arts and Crafts Museum and the Egon Schiele Art Centrum.
In 2016 Turner was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2017.
She is represented by Geary Contemporary in NYC.