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.
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
January 2nd, 2022
Thank you to Danny Forbes for the thought provoking questions and also to Amelia White, senior editor.
So thrilled and proud to be the Cover and Featured Artist in this International Contemporary Art Magazine based out of Germany.
Check out my masks, sculptures, photographs and an interview where I talk about my influences, challenges, the local art scene in Nova Scotia and my future plans. This magazine is full of amazing artwork from around the world from 18 artists.
To read the Online Magazine, please visit:
If you have trouble reading my interview, you can see it here.
Click here to order a printed copy:
Article written by Nattanam Waiyahong, Nov 11th, 2021
Planted Journal is a digital magazine based out of Milan, with a mandate of “bridging the gap between human and nature through art and romance. To get closer to nature, we must first understand ourselves. Hence: The Body Issue.” Thank you to Priyanka Singh for the very challenging and thought provoking questions!
To read the full interview and see my responses: please visit their website
Interview and Feature: August 17th, 2021
Nikkei is defined as people of Japanese descent, and there are many ‘diverse perspectives on what Nikkei identity means’. The ‘first volume of Nikkei Monotagari features the work of artists and writers who share their experiences of living in-between spaces, places and identities.’
Artwork by: Dona Nabata, Anna Omori and Miya Turnbull
Esssays & Critical Reflections by: Maria Claridge, Linda Cooper, Aurora Tsai and Ken Yoshida.
A huge thanks to co-founders: Mimi Okabe and Catherine Sachi Kikuchi for all their hard work on this labour of love!
I was honoured to be included in this magazine article by Dr. Katherine Yamashita, featuring artwork by 5 Japanese-Canadian artists. Subaru Six-Star Magazine. “Profound, Relevant & Resonant to the Core.” Published Fall/Winter 2017.
-"Miya Turnbull's Inward, Outwards exhibit at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS". Saltwire (The Chronicle Herald), Wendy Elliot. Nov 22, 2022. (Canada)
-"Miya Turnbull's Self-Portrait Mask Art." Visual Arts News, interview and article by Clare Goulet. Vol. 44, No. 2, Fall 2022. Pages 21-25. (Canada)
-“Many Faces”. Süddeutsche Zeitung, written by Sofia Pavlu. Aug 12th, 2022 (Germany)
-The Warriors Within Collective Magazine, Featured Artist. Vol 10, Aug 2022. Pages 16-19 (US)
-Artsin Square, Featured Artist. Issue #2, pages 122-125. Spring 2022 (Canada)
- People and Places, Artist Talk Magazine. Issue #18, page 84. January 2022. ISSN: 12090882 (UK)
-"Miya Turnbull's exploration of vulnerability through the art of Origami and Paper Mache." Interviewed by Danny Forbes, The Perfect Magazine, January 2nd, 2022. (UK)
-"If Two Faced People Aren't Enough, World Class Artist Has Created 100 Masks for Everyone to Experience." Feature and article by Nattanam Waiyahong, Vogue Thailand. Nov 11th, 2021. (Thailand)
-MASKS Literary Magazine, Columbia College Chicago Library. Cover/Featured Artist. Interviewed by C.T. Lisa. Issue #2, Fall 2021. (USA)
-"Nocturne Welcomes over 100 Artists over 4 nights", CBC News. (Art featured). October 13th, 2021.
-"Holding Liminal Space". The Clayton Park Wire. (Image) Page 4. Oct 13th, 2021.
-"Nikkei Monogatari", Volume #1. Japanese for Nikkei. Art featured on pages 0, 22-24. Fall 2021.
-"Exploring Identity/ Miya Turnbull", Interviewed by Priyanka Singh, Planted Journal, Issue #1- The Body, Aug 17th, 2021 (Milan/India).
-Artist Directory, Aesthetica Magazine, Issue #102, Aug/Sept 2021. Page 142; ISSN 1743-271 (UK).
- Art Reveal Magazine no. 59, May 2021, Cover/Featured Artist and Interview. Pages 1, 4, 104-109; ISBN: 9781006890352 (Germany).
-"Engaging Creativities: Art in the Pandemic, a virtual exhibit" Promotional Video for Exhibit presented by University of Alberta (Dept of Art and Design) and RSC (Royal Society of Canada). April 16th, 2021.
-"A Mask of One's Own". Authored and presented by Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva) at the Royal Anthropological Institute Conference in Visual Anthropology as part of the RAI Film Festival (normally occurring in Bristol, UK, but online this year due to Covid). March 19-28th, 2021.
-"O rosto é a primeira máscara: as artes visuais de Miya Turnbull (The face is the first mask: the visual arts of Miya Turnbull)". Oficina Palimpsestus. (Artist Feature.) March 9th, 2021. (Brazil)
-"Miya Turnbull: The Face Behind the Mask". Interviewed by Norm Masaji Ibuki, Discover Nikkei. February 25th, 2021 (Part 1) February 26th, 2021 (Part 2).
-Visual Arts Abstract. (Art Feature), presented by Christopher Webb, Global News Morning Halifax. Nov 5th, 2020.
-“Japanese Canadian Art in the time of Covid-19- Part 2”. Discover Nikkei. September 10th, 2020.
-"Laurie Frankel Launches Charity to Support Families, Honor Frontline Workers, and Promote Mask Use." American Photographic Artists. (Image) July 10th, 2020.
-"Art Show Brightening the Winter in Truro". Truro News. (Image). January 9th, 2020.
-“Blending Cultural Identities in New Art Exhibition”. Interview and article by Kelly Fleck, editor of Nikkei Voice. Vol 33, No 2. March 2019. Page 8 and 15.
-"Japanese Canadians in the Arts." Bryce Kanbara. Essay accompanying Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world ROM Exhibition, February 2 to August 5, 2019.
-“Mother and Daughter Artists: Marjene Matsunaga Turnbull/Miya Turnbull”. Community Voice. (Article and Image Printed). January 29th, 2019. Page 12.
-5 Top Japanese Canadian Artists. “Profound, Relevant & Resonant to the Core.” Katherine Yamashita, Six-Star Magazine (Subaru Life). Fall/Winter 2017. Page 16-19. (See above)
-Featured Artist Profile. Visual Arts Nova Scotia. December 2015.
-"12 Weeks Along/Umbilical". Understorey Magazine (Collage Image). Autumn 2013: Issue One.
-"(Un)covering Gender Roles". Queen's University The Journal. (Article and Image) January 25th, 2008.
-"Masks Show Off Family Talent." The Stony Plain Reporter: Arts and Culture. (Article and Image). January 25, 2008. Page 66.
-“Like Mother, Like Daughter.” Moshi Moshi (Edmonton Japanese Community Association). (Article and Image). Vol. 33, No. 3. January/February 2008. Page 16.
-"Putting a New Face on Ross Creek Centre." The Chronicle Herald: Spotlight. (Image). April 19th, 2007. Page F8
-"Miya Turnbull: Looking beyond the Mask". Interviewed by Heather White Brittain, The Dartmouth Laker: Laker Arts. Vol. 10, No. 2. February, 2007. Pages 8 and 9.
-ATV, "Live at 5", Promotion of my exhibit "Inside and Out" at the Craig Gallery, January 19th, 2007.
-Eastlink Television, "The Straight Goods" Interviewed by Shahin Sayadi, hosted by Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (60 min). Episode 23. March 22nd, 2006. (See video below)
-Eastlink Television. "The Fax" Interview by Sarah Hoyles about my masks in "Media Masquerade" exhibit at Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax. Aired October 27th, 2005. (See video below)