We had the good fortune of connecting with Emilía Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emilía, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
As an artist, I try not to define success in terms of profit or commercial appeal; I’m more concerned with whether my work successfully engages themes or materials, whether it feels like I’m growing and progressing as an artist. I measure success in personal satisfaction or pride in my work rather than revenue or social media followers – because if I didn’t, my work would likely get very boring, very quickly. So because of this, my habits for success are pretty personal – I practice automatic/stream-of-consciousness writing daily, I take workshops constantly (lately, online courses on specific processes I want to learn, or general lectures on creative practice), I try to maintain some semblance of a meditation practice, I go to therapy, I practice yoga, I take breaks from social media. All of these things help to achieve clarity about what I want to say, make, and do as an artist – the goal is to arrive at my most authentic self within my work. Since my brain is essentially my ‘business,’ these practices are just as important as applying to grants and open calls, attending openings, connecting with other artists and galleries. I also do these things, but they feel pretty hollow when I fall off the self-care wagon.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a multidisciplinary and process-based artist, working mainly in the realms of photography, performance, and sound. Engaging themes of gender, alchemy, conservation, and altered states of consciousness – my work is often abstract, embraces the Jungian shadow, and pays particular attention to texture. I have exhibited both visual and performance-based work in New York City, Los Angeles, Rome, and Iceland, and completed residency programs in Joshua Tree, North Carolina, Seyðisfjörður, and more. I have composed and performed in various experimental music projects (Liminals, Paradot, Sloppy Jane), own the audio production business Studio Liminals, and am a co-founder of the experimental record label Black Mountain Airport.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A hike in Griffith Park, a walk down Vermont in Los Feliz, wandering around the hills of Silver Lake. For such an unwalkable city, I sure love walking all over the east side. El Cid, Flore Vegan, The Last Bookstore, Echo Park Lake, Otherwild, and the Philosophical Research Society are some of my favorite spots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Golden Dome School – if you’re a spiritually-inclined artist, I highly recommend checking out Golden Dome’s workshops, offerings, and residency program! http://golden-dome.org/
Monique Juliette Baron, Piotr Kołakowski, Michelle Felix, Emilía Turner