Janet Turville

My work is about the impact of consumerism and materialism on everyday living. Re-use and recycling becomes more important as we live in a society where clothes and household goods are too readily thrown away or replaced before they have worn out. My art is informed by historical research and of my own childhood memories of growing up in a terraced house in Leicester. There, everything was used in a creative way once it had outgrown its original use.

I tend to use unwanted domestic objects and textiles in my work including furniture, clothing, tablecloths and curtains. These may be collaged, camouflaged or embedded with hidden objects to serve as metaphors for memories which may be clear or cloudy, lacking in clarity and detail, but always having a narrative.

I use diverse materials. Aluminium tape covers a wardrobe and chest of drawers. Icing sugar patterns over the floor. A sewing box becomes the hiding place for objects lost long ago. Unravelled jumpers become metaphors for unravelling minds as well as ecological concern for the land and seas.

Melted crisp packets are transformed into otherworldly landscapes. Vessels resembling ornate artefacts of historical interest or even archaeological finds are made from household rubbish saved from going to landfill.

Installations of hanging household textiles show projected films within their boundaries. Softly billowing lace and net curtains preserve the outline of the images, casting ethereal and ghostly shadows.

I try to appeal to the collective memory of the viewer with my artworks by making something new from materials that have outgrown their original purpose. My aim is to convert objects of little worth into valued and lasting works of grace and beauty.

The world is filling up with objects far too fast.