This installation is my response to the Catholic world I was raised in and the secular world I inhabit. As a child the church was central to my family’s life. “The Father’s House” tested, confined, shamed and enraged me. To regain balance in my life and in the world, I am building “The Mother House”. It is furnished with feminine archetypes, icons fashioned from the ordinary, everyday work of my mother and the mothers that came before her.
Janice Turner has worked in the arts since 1991. She has been writer, creator and performer as a storyteller, puppeteer, clown and more recently visual artist. Turner not only has performed, but she designed and built puppets, theatres, props and costumes.
Throughout Turner’s career the focus and underlying thread have been her feminist values. This feminism informs the stories she tells in each of her chosen mediums. These ideals were instrumental in her creating “A Night in the Red Tent” that ran annually for seven years on International Women’s Day in Newmarket, Ontario. This was an evening of live entertainment by women, for women. It was an outstanding success.
Curently Turner is delving into the influence of her childhood religion and feminism. She is fusing together discarded textiles, everyday objects and human hair to tell Her story. Turner is creating icons for “The Mother’s House”.