Memories of Home / Memories & Daydreams
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Memories of Home
Works on paper, tonal drawings and lithographs
by Carole Turbin
This exhibition consists of works on paper, tonal drawings and lithographs of domestic interiors and urban scenes from my Brooklyn home and neighborhood. They are familiar to people living in urban neighborhoods surrounded by aging buildings and environments, some of which are fading or gone, but remembered.
My pictures combine precise representations of familiar objects with the mood and psychological meanings that are both apparent and beneath the surface. Sinks are bathed in light, revealing surfaces of porcelain with metal faucets, while pipes beneath are shadowed and connected to hidden areas behind walls and in gritty basements. In my work, plumbing is a metaphor for all that is going on within our physical bodies and psyches—seen and unseen, felt and unfelt, efficient and problematic. Pipes are conduits of necessary fluid and waste whose operation cannot be consciously controlled.
Carole Turbin is an artist and writer who works primarily on paper doing lithography, as well as drawings in charcoal, graphite and wax resist—a mixed-media technique. She has exhibited in New York City—most recently at the Affordable Art Fair—and on Long Island at Gallery North, Stony Brook and the Long Island Museum. She earned a B.F.A. from Queens College; studied painting and drawing at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Art Students League of New York; and earned a doctorate in sociology from the New School for Social Research. In the 1990s she returned to fine arts after 30 years of college teaching, research and writing on the social history of everyday life, especially women's family, household and workplace experience.
Pots and Pans
9th Street Water Tower
Memories & Daydreams
Monotypes and drawings by
Emily Dickinson's poetry has a strong influence on my work. Her writings have an evident spiritual connection to nature and a disciplined use of familiar words and imagery to transcend the reader to an unfamiliar, otherworldly place. I hope to convey some of this ethereal quality in my own work.
Edgar Degas and Charles Burchfield are also influences on my work. The monotypes by Degas shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994 got me interested in this technique of printmaking. The monotype process allows me to push the imagery painted onto the plexiglass to another level. Burchfield's attention to repetition of pattern in nature and the way he plays flat texture against spatial illusion have inspired me since my undergraduate studies in Buffalo.
In this exhibition, I would like to show work that gives the viewer an idea of how my work has progressed and changed in mood and color palette over a few years. The technique has remained steady, but the memories are formed differently.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe was the co-founder and president of Doe Print Designs LTD., which produced textile print designs for men's apparel. She has exhibited her work at Object Image Gallery in Brooklyn and the gallery at the New York School of Interior Design. Her work was also part of the flat files at Pierogi 2000 in Brooklyn. She earned a B.F.A. from Buffalo State College.
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