Erin Turner is a site-specific installation artist who is interested in land-based practices, preservation, and collaboration. Through symbolic narratives, her work questions place, public and private usage of land, and the ephemeral qualities of communication. Her most recent projects questions the implication of energy and mineral extraction methods, and what the conversation is between the land and the people associated. She often collaborates with musicians and dancers to create interdisciplinary and interactive works.
Recent work has been seen at the Dorsky Gallery, the Queens Museum, CODA Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, Sideshow Gallery Brooklyn, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Colombia, Governors Island, Radford University Museum, and Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center. She is currently working on a long-term project restoring the Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park in rural NE Oklahoma. She has installed her sculptural installations in both rural and urban settings throughout the United States such as the Grand Canyon, the Cahokia Mounds, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, Oak Flat, Arizona, Oklahoma, Upstate New York, and NYC. Internationally her work has been installed in India, Thailand, France, Argentina, Colombia, and The Netherlands.
Erin has attended Pratt Institute, La LLOYTA in Barcelona, the University of Tulsa, and La UMSA (Universidad de Museo Social Argentino) Buenos Aires, receiving her BA in Fine Arts with emphasis in Painting in 2007 from TU, and her MFA in Social Practice from Queens College CUNY in 2018. She has guest lectured at the Tulsa Community College, the National Park Service, and at the Queens Museum through Open Engagement. She splits her time between NYC, Oklahoma, and Colombia.