Miya Turnbull- Visual Artist
Visual Arts News, Volume 44, Number 2, Fall 2022
So honoured to have my artwork on the cover of the latest issue of Visual Arts News, a magazine that explores contemporary art practices in Atlantic Canada, on the unceded and unsurrendered lands of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Inuit, Innu, and the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut
.A beautiful article written by Clare Goulet, a local writer, poet and educator, is published on pages 21-25. You can read the article here and the magazine is now available for purchase.
Nikkei Voice, the Japanese Canadian National Newspaper
Interview and article written by Kelly Fleck (editor).
Printed in the holiday issue (Dec 2022/Jan 2023), Vol. 36, No. 10. Pages 11, 19.
Read the article here
Honoured to be included in the latest issue of Warriors Within Collective Magazine, issue #10 (August 2022)
A huge thank you to Krista Davenport, a photographer from Texas who curates this beautiful magazine, and for inviting me to join the tribe of amazing warrior women artists!
Cover artist: Novraka
Photo credit: Shion Skye Carter (image of me laying on the ground with my masks)
Written by Gata Magazine, an independent online magazine based in Tokyo, Japan.
Featured on their Instagram account, May 29th, 2022
A Spliced, Inverted and Distorted
Identity: MIYA TURNBULL
Miya Turnbull is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist of
Japanese, English and Scottish heritage. Recurringly
using her own likeness as her motif, she explores
themes of identity, creating masks as three-
dimensional self-portraits. Through sculpture,
photography, collage and origami, Turnbull examines
emotions of being "in-between"-referencing her
mixed ancestry-and explores the vulnerabilities of the
ever-changing physical appearance. Through spliced
and distorted faces, multiple photorealistic eyes as well
as the intertwining of cultural identity elements,
Turnbull's works evoke notions of surrealism and
disillusionment, triggering sentiments of the uncanny
valley. Although mainly working with masks, Turnbull
has worked with mediums such as animation, textiles,
In her latest short film "Omote(面)" which can be
translated as surface or face, she works with
Vancouver-based dance artist Shion Skye Carter who is
also of mixed-Japanese heritage to reflect on the
diaspora of being of Nikkei heritage; Nikkei referring to
Japanese emigrants, or descendants born overseas.
Lovers of Shintaro Kago or Satoshi Kon will surely be
captivated by Turnbull's work as some of her work
bears a likeness to the former, just in a real-life
To see more of her work head over to her Instagram
I am the cover and featured artist in the latest issue of MASKS Literary Magazine, which is an independent, non-profit literary magazine, published in partnership with the Columbia College Chicago Library and the Aesthetics of Research Program.
Read the online version of the magazine here (available in print soon)
Read my full interview here