STATE TRETIAKOV GALLERY
/ paintings, objects /
09.10.18 - 25.11.18
New Tretyakov gallery building, Hall #38
Moscow, Krymsky val, 10
Natalia Turnova, biography, selected works
Nataliya Turnova’s «Keeping Silence» project is based on two artwork series. One of them is sculptural and gives the name to the project, while the other is called “Passions” and consists of 14 paintings. The artist prefaces each artwork series with epigraphs, taken from the Church fathers’ works. These two quotations, chosen by Turnova, are the sample of Christian theological dialectics, and operate on several levels of her project.
So the fact that the artist uses epigraphs is remarkable by itself, i.e. that these works have some external reference – some other text, other work that is related to the artwork and actually is a part of it. After all, referentiality is a substantive principle of Turnova’s art, that she shares with many artistic poetics of her generation, who have remained loyal to the principals of representation. However, in Turnova’s case there is no direct appropriation or manipulation of quotations, but rather a deep rootedness of her images in the representational archive. For this reason despite the uniqueness of Turnova’s works they do resonate in their expression with absolutely different artistic layers and codes.
To explain these poetics we can make a reference to the Jacques Lacan’s concept of the “floating signifier” or to any other post-structural theory, which was authoritative at the époque when Turnova’s art was developing. Or in succession to the project we may cite early Christian theologians: “Everything exists in everything and nothing can exist beside itself.” (Meister Eckhart)
This idea, in fact, is thematized by the artist in the chosen epigraphs: all the things in existence are one, all the contradictions are interdependent, they consider and preset each other. For this reason, silence is indispensable to the cosmic roar, and the visible image, on which Turnova insists in her art, brings something that remains invisible. Indeed, all these numerous pictorial allusions in her works, which excite viewer’s imagination, stay unobvious and thus invisible.
Her artworks are free from the narrative element and readable semantics. They appeal exceptionally to the visual perception, to the preconscious or actually to the dreaming experience. The brighter and more unique are the Turnova’s images, the more they refer to the concealed prototype of all the images or if to put it in other words, they present the ability of imagery itself.
WORKS FROM THE PROJECT