Alta Turner
Pompeii Reconstructed: LED, 2024
36 in x 36 in

Alta Turner
Pompeii Reconstructed: Blacklight, 2024
36 in x 36 in

Alta Turner’s Artist Statement

My recent work is inspired by a long-time fascination with the ruins of Pompeii, specifically the mosaic murals. Pompeii Reconstructed is a tapestry recreating mosaic murals with natural, metallic, and fluorescent wefts. Three separate light sources are then used to document the work including LED, blacklight, and natural light. Within each lighting situation, one can toggle between the creatures that come to life or recede into the background. Celebrating the impermanence of the mosaics exposed warps mimics the broken and missing tesserae. Unfinished creatures passing through the border symbolize incompleteness. The work also represents the endangered (over-fished) and degraded state of the Mediterranean ecosystem. 

Alta Turner
Pompeii Reconstructed: Afterglow, 2024
36 in x 36 in

Alta Turner’s Biography

Formal education in fine arts, followed by graduate work in environmental studies and statistics led to 36 years of statistical consulting. Much of my work exhibits these science-derived, somewhat analytical, underpinnings.

Weaving began initially with loom-controlled methods, quickly focusing on the narrative history and freer potentials of tapestries and tapestry-making. The potential to capture time in the process has driven narrative content, revealing layers previously not considered.