Selected works by Rebecca Turner

Rebecca Turner


Paper pulp, mixed media

150 cm in diameter

Rebecca Turner describes her work as “some parasitic creature[s] feeding off our architecture.” Dumbstruck, a ball of greyish-pink paper pulp protruding from the gallery wall, seems to have rested there on its way up, like a lone balloon after a children’s party. And yet its tense and muted energy, as the title suggests, create a darker atmosphere, where the apparent lightness of the paper ball, like something spat out of a biro in a classroom, seems suddenly weighty and uncontrollable. The sculptural occupation of physical space – a thing that takes the place of another thing, like the human body itself – has, here, something of the sinister atmosphere of an apparition in a dream: its uncanny position implies an inversion of conventional gravity, turning the gallery space into something unstable and treacherous. Like a boulder rumbling towards an unsuspecting cartoon character, Turner’s work makes light of physicality, its threats absurd, its implications darker, more troubling.

Text by Ben Street

Rebecca Turner's Biography

Rebecca Turner
Born in 1989, Cheltenham, UK
Lives and works in Gloucestershire, UK


Greenwich Picture House, Greenwich, London


Awaken, Unit 24, The Brewery, Cheltenham
Boeing Way to Gas Street: Artists from opposite ends of The Grand Union Canal, Departure Foundation, Birmingham
Berlin Universit√§t der K√ľnste, Hardenbergstrasse 33, Charlottenburg, Berlin
HIJACK!, Stapleton Road Tavern, Bristol
Graduate Group Exhibition, Capsticks Law firm, Wimbledon, London

EXPOSURE 11, Parasol Unit, London
Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London
On Board, Tooting Tram and Social, London
Humbug, Wimbledon College of Art, London
Studio Exhibition, Wimbledon College of Art, Wimbledon

Park 10, Cannizaro Park, London
Nooks and Crannies, Moss and Co Timber Yard, London
Art Bin, Michael Landy, South London Gallery, London
Studio Exhibition, Wimbledon College of Art, London

Out Of Bounds, Camden Arts Centre, London
Park 09, Cannizaro Park, London