Tiffanie Turner

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Tiffanie Turner was born in 1970 in Colonie, NY and raised in the woods of New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and worked as an architect for over 15 years before beginning her career as a botanical sculptor. She received a Zellerbach Family Grant award in 2016 to support her work as the May 2016 artist-in residence at the de Young Museum located in San Francisco, where she has resided for over 20 years.

Turner has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA, and Rare Device in San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, “Preternatural” at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, “Detritus” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and “Botanica” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. She has been featured in Vogue, American Craft, O Magazine, LAB magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and been noted online by Colossal, Squarespace presents HI-FRUCTOSE, My Modern Met, Design*Sponge, Elie Saab, and The Jealous Curator, among others.

Turner is an instructor in the art of paper flower making in the United States and beyond, and her first book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, was published in 2017. She is looking forward to her first solo exhibition with Eleanor Harwood Gallery at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco in January 2019.

Artist Statement

Flowers have been used throughout history as currency, and as symbols of life and death in their transient nature. Tiffanie Turner uses these ideas as a jumping off point to couch her themes and stories in the faces of metastasized and “ruined” gigantic flowers. Through her large botanical works in paper, she studies scale, texture (petals sometimes reading like feathers or fur) and color. She works with the rhythms and patterns found in nature, as well as metastasized forms and gestures formed by missteps and irregularities in nature like decay, rot, wilt, dormancy, death, and genetic and viral mutations. The accessible nature of these gigantic botanical sculptures allow them to readily shine a light on a multitude of issues, and by adding destruction and decay to these beautiful pieces that could have just as easily been created to be round, symmetrical and perfect, Tiffanie impresses upon the viewer the urgency of our environmental crises and ethical struggles.

Tiffanie is a licensed architect and working artist, and the inventor of these particular large-scale works in paper, which she has been exhibiting for the past four years. In that time, she has worked tirelessly to change the notion of paper flowers from decorative and consumer products into evocative and meaningful conceptual artwork.

Tiffanie’s work is currently also on view at Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, FL and Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery. Her next solo show, “What Befell Us”, opens at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in spring 2019.

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1970 in Colonie, NY. Raised in Wolfeboro, NH. Licensed architect and practicing artist in S.F., CA.
Represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco.

1993    B.S. Building Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1995    Bachelor of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1992    School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India

Solo Exhibitions
2016    “Nature Constructed”, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Tiffanie Turner: Botanical Works in Paper”, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
2014    “One For You, One For Me”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA
2014    “Heads”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA
2012    “Oology”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
2017    “Flower Power”, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Detritus”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
“Imperial Dynasty Exhibition”, Tiburon, CA
2016    “Preternatural”, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015    “Botanica: All Things Plant Life”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
“Strikeaway Show”, Paxton Gate Curiosity for Kids, San Francisco, CA
“Dead of Winter”,  Rare Device, San Francisco, CA (participant and curator)
2005    Sausalito Woman’s Club Annual Art Salon, Sausalito, CA

Grants and Awards
2016    Zellerbach Famiy Foundation Grant
CORE membership with Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artist Residencies
2018    SPACE at Ryder Farm, Brewster, NY, 1-week program (upcoming)
Drop, Forge & Tool, Hudson, NY, 1-week program (upcoming)
2016     de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, San Francisco, CA, 1-month program
2016     Olde Orchard Farm, Moultonborough, NH, 1-week program
2015     Olde Orchard Farm, Moultonborough, NH, 1-week program

Published Writings
2017     The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, Ten Speed Press (release date August 22, 2017)

2017     Tolleson Creative Agency campaign for Gmund Paper
“Flower, Blooming Again”, Nylon Korea, (May 2017)
2016    “INSTACRUSH”, Luxe. Interiors + Design Magazine (Sept./Oct. 2016)
“Flowers 2.0”, Vogue Magazine (2016 Met Gala edition)
“Women Who Make Beautiful Things”, O, The Oprah Magazine (April 2016)
2015    “Collective Unconscious: OUTDOORS”, American Craft Magazine (April/May 2015)
“The Paper Playhouse”, K. Rodabaugh (Gallery: Artists as Inspiration section)
2014     “Symbolic Blooms”, San Francisco Chronicle
“STUDIO VISIT: Architecture, Craft Intersect in Hybrid Art”, San Francisco Chronicle
“Paper Flowers”,  LAB Magazine, issue 8
“Surprise”, Migrate Magazine, South Africa, issue no. 20

Selected Online Art Features
2017     “Noted: A Life in Flowers by Tiffanie Turner”, The Light of Now/The Elie Saab Magazine
2016     Saatchi Gallery Instagram feature
Juxtapoz Magazine Instagram feature
“12 Paper Flower Artists to Follow”, Design*Sponge
“6 Instagram Accounts to Follow”, Better Homes and Gardens
“New Giant Paper Flower Sculptures by Tiffanie Turner”, Colossal
“Tiffanie Turner”, The Jealous Curator
2015     “Squarespace Presents: Tiffanie Turner’s Paper Flowers”, HI-FRUCTOSE
“Fleurs en papier par Tiffanie Turner”, Journal du Design
“Tiffanie Turner Challenges Scale and Age in Her Giant Flowers”, Beautiful/Decay
“30 Amazing Things To Do in San Francisco This Month”, Refinery 29
2014      “Tiffanie Turner’s One For You, One For Me in Full Bloom”, SF Gate
“Tiffanie Turner’s Fluffy Paper Bouquets Turn Heads”, SF Gate
“Tiffanie Turner”, The Jealous Curator
“3-Foot Wide Stunning Textured Flowers Created Out of Paper”, My Modern Met
“Giant Paper Flowers”, Colossal
“Tiffanie Turner :: HEADS”, Today is Going to Be Awesome, Lisa Congdon
“Giant Papercraft Flower Blossom Sculptures”, Laughing Squid
“Tiffanie Turner/Architect + Paper Flower Artist”, Some Nice Friends
“San Francisco Creatives Share Their Favorite Local Haunts”, One Kings Lane Travel Guide
“The Makers: San Francisco’s Next Big Things”, One Kings Lane

Speaking Engagements
2017     Design Tech High School, Burlingame, CA
2013     creativeLIVE online seminar, San Francisco, CA
Altitude Design Summit, Salt Lake City, UT

Featured Artist/Podcasts
2016     “Raise Your Hand and Say Yes” with Tiffany Han, episode 116
2015      “Art For Your Ear” with The Jealous Curator, episode no. 18
Featured artist for Carte Fini Paper 

FlowerSchool NY, NYC
Colossal, Chicago, IL
Detroit Flower House/Pot and Box, Detroit, MI
Ariella Chezar Design workshop, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX
Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito, CA
Fioli Gardens, Woodside, CA
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA
French General, Los Angeles, CA
Hinterland Workshop, Springville, UT
Martha Stewart Living private workshop, San Francisco, CA