Sean Turner

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Student Spotlight | March 2016

Department: I’m on track for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts and two minors in Art History and Creative Writing

Describe your work in a few sentences that we can all understand:  I created a series of hanging, hand dyed cloth panels, which were then embellished with designs in gold leaf. The panels were installed as a succession of screens in the gallery and visitors could walk through them to experience the piece.

Q: Who mentors your project?

A:  Tanya Hartman


Q: What surprised you about doing creative work?

A: The physical toll of the work. I had to dye cloth in 10 gallon vats as well as work with huge bolts of cloth. Additionally, the precision work of applying the gold leaf and the sheer repetition, due to the amount of panels I needed, was very wearing.


Q: What did you find most challenging about getting involved in or doing your project? What advice would you offer to students facing similar challenges?

A: Time management is always very difficult. I needed to do quite a few tests before I could comfortably work on the final pieces, but I also used this as an excuse to keep from starting. My advice then is to just start. The earlier you can make headway the better, and even if something goes wrong you can make it work.


 Q: What do you like most about your project?

A: I really like the ambition of it, as this is the largest project I’ve ever done. I also had a very strong conceptual basis for the piece, so I really knew what the heart of the work was. 


Q: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to get involved in doing creative work?

A: Prepare as best you can, but go with the flow. As many precautions as you take, things will not turn out how you expect, you’ll have to adapt on the fly and probably under a time crunch.


Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not working on your creative work?

A: I like to play video games, read, and write. I also spend a lot of time finding imagery and work from other artists that inspires me.