Phoebe Turdmeister

Phoebe Barnum & Turdmeister


Virtual Breakout During the Outbreak June 6th Livestream

💧💧 (Drip Drip)

plumbing… @ the cusp of nature and culture…
sirenic psychopomp guiding rain back to the sea…

Source material (site specific to Angels Gate Cultural Center): field recordings of all pipe and tube systems, toilets w/ accompanying sonic latrinesquery, faucets, sinks, drains, etc.

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Phoebe Barnum was trained in the traditional studio arts. It is clear that her works are influenced by the Abstract Expressionists. Images at times are enlarged to the point identity of the image is unrecognizable. Interest in a rich surface is evident in the application of these oil pastels. Formal training is apparent in her work although she thinks of herself as a colorist as evidenced in the subtle play of color in both the oil pastels , jewelry making and ceramics. Numerous layers of pastel and pencil drawing create the mysterious surface of her current work. Phoebe is drawn to the organic elements of natural forms such as cactus and bones that in some cases become defused with the background. She is responsively intuitive with a variety of materials, finding spontaneity in the process of art making, pushing the boundaries and finding liberation in various materials.

Phoebe Barnum was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Long Beach with a major in Drawing and Painting and minor in Ceramics. She worked extensively in the field of Graphic Design with an emphasis on periodicals and advertising. Throughout her graphic career Phoebe has continued to work on her drawing and ceramics and more recently jewelry, and numerous installations all of which have gone through numerous iterations based in the organic and symbolism drawn from nature and imagery from Native Peoples. Phoebe’s current work explores the play of light and shadow describing shape through mark making and subtle use of color. Over time the work has become more abstract and in the case of ceramics, more sculptural. Ceramics utilizes the subtle colors of the clay body, slips, stains and mark making on the surface, which blurs the line between drawing and painting.

Turdmeister (prefered pronouns: He, They, It, She [depends on code and context]):
Macademic (synonym: Nutty Professor) & Master of Bull Shit (synonyms 4 “Bull Shit”: dung, manure, nonsense, hogwash, PhD theses [rhymes with “feces”] )
It practices part-time as a Shambolic Shaman. They is (not “are.” We am one person.) in process of receiving certification as a Death Doula.
Motto: “Take all things seriously but don’t care…”

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