American artist Janet Sullivan Turner creates 2 and 3 dimensional works which react to specific events with a playful and imaginative vocabulary. Among the topics Turner has turned to over time are the Miss America Pageant and the Wizard of Oz. A personal favorite is “American Icon Series #5. Mayunk Wall” seen above. Inspired by the Manyunk bike race, Turner interprets the rides most grueling portion in a sculpture formed with bicycle and other mechanical parts. The chosen materials act to suggest the force required for the climb. Its powerful, as well as notable for drawing beauty from the everyday.

More of Turner’s work can be seen on her website, which also includes an essay by Dr. Burton Wasserman summarizing her career.

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