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Visual Arts Contest Winners

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Segullah is honored to recognize two talented artists of this year’s 2021 Visual Arts Contest.

We are thrilled to announce that the Segullah 2021 Art Contest

1st PLACE WINNER

is

PAGE TURNER

for her piece entitled

“A Proxy for Hope”

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“A Proxy for Hope” assemblage by 1st Place winner in the Segullah 2021 Visual Arts Contest – Page Turner.

Page is an assemblage artist in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Roanoke, Virginia. She collects items of deep personal meaning to create delicate sculptural pieces infused with a new feminist aesthetic and a soulful reverence for her heritage.

“When I read your call for art inspired by ‘brightness of hope’ I created this for that specific prompt,” Page says.

“For the last couple years I have been exploring the idea of ‘proxy.’ How does it relate to our faith, our connection with others geographically, our families, our heritage and our ancestors? In my family culture, we always prayed for family members who weren’t present to keep connection. Especially during the past year of pandemic, we were not physically in front of each other, yet  proxy and the hope associated with it is a thread that still connects and gives us access to each other.”

Part of Page’s artistic process involves playing. Lots of playing. Her studio – a place she considers sacred – is filled with inspiration.

1st Place winner of the 2021 Segullah Visual Arts Contest Page Turner – in her Roanoke, VA, studio.

“I have all sorts of bits and piece of my heritage around me – yarn, silk, cloth, fibers, plant material, clippings from old books. I  manipulate them, cut pieces, hand sew little clothes with no particular purpose in mind. In this piece I cut out the twin little girls at the bottom from a German reader from the 1850s. I bundled matches with dictionary paper, and wrapped them in wool that I spun myself. The base is a cedar hope chest lid that I re-hammered and pieced back together. My hands are in it, on it, in some unconscious way. These are all layers of my play.”

Influenced by Page’s soul-deep respect for the power of women’s spiritual gifts (particularly giving blessings – a practice begun in the early years of the Restoration), each circle, each interweaving, each item from long johns to overalls to the tiny arms – representing both the literal hands of women and the work of women’s hands – celebrates the past, present, and future hopes of the divine in women’s lives.

Page’s work is a kind of time travel. Objects as sturdy and enduring as hard wood with metal brads and as transitory as centuries-old book illustrations and Appalachian moss allude to the intertwining of the past, present, and future in eternity.

This blending of the eternal with the transitory is most potently evident in that this assemblage – designed precisely this way with these scraps and materials – no longer exists! It was “built” on a horizontal surface where even breathing on the pieces could influence its lines and angles. Once Page felt it was “complete” the image was photographed, and the varied pieces are stored away again awaiting placement in future potent ephemera Page will construct.

Segullah readers will see more of Page Turner’s unique and captivating work when she is the featured artist in the upcoming Summer 2021 journal.

As Visual Arts 1st Place Winner, Page will receive $100 from the generous donation of the Eugene England Foundation, committed to supporting and mentoring fine and written art among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We express our deep thanks to the England Foundation and their support of Segullah’s efforts to keep the arts alive and flourishing!

 

2nd PLACE WINNER

is

NATASCHA GRAHAM

for her photograph

“Suffolk Coast and Heaths”

Suffolk Coast & Heaths, England, UK photo by Natascha Graham. Second Place winner in the 2021 Segullah Visual Arts Contest
2nd Place 2021 Art Contest Winner Natascha Graham
Second Place winner in the 2021 Segullah Visual Arts Contest

Natascha Graham of Suffolk County, England, UK, is our Second Place winner in the 2021 Segullah Art Contest for her evocative photo of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths. Rich in texture and tone and superbly composed, this photograph is at once haunting and hopeful. We at Segullah are honored to share Natascha’s talents.

Newly vaccinated Natascha (a writer and film maker besides enjoying photography) and her partner have been waiting out the pandemic keeping busy homeschooling their “urchins”. She says, “We’ve made up for it by visiting all of the churches in Suffolk, which has been nice since they are often deserted!

Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Natascha!

We are grateful to all of the visual artists who submitted work to our contest this year.

 

About Linda Hoffman Kimball

Linda Hoffman Kimball is an artist, writer, photographer, and poet who grew up as a faithful Christian near Chicago, & joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 while at Wellesley College near Boston. Early on she assumed that all Latter-day Saints were articulate, inquisitive, faithful, and socially engaged since her role models in the University wards in Cambridge, MA., were. Her husband says she is “fluent, but not native” in Mormon-ese. She is a founding member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government.

1 thought on “Visual Arts Contest Winners”

  1. I have been privileged to observe Page Turner's development from a Pre-Teen creator in art to her now accomplished International Artist recognition in a recently (much overdue) publishing of "50 Contemporary Women Artists" that is currently housed in the Smithsonian Institute of Art.

    Current & future owners of Page's Art creations will, someday, be rewarded handsomely by owning one or more of her creations as have owners of fine specimens of great art from the Masters. Page's Mastership will surface, hopefully, long before her passing into the next life is my hope and prayer!

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