Milwaukee artist Khari Turner uses locally sourced water in paintings

Milwaukee artist Khari Turner uses locally sourced water in paintings

Milwaukee native Khari Turner's painting "River Steps" (2022) incorporates water drawn from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Senegal, as well as water from Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.

Increasing up in Milwaukee, hardly ever significantly from Lake Michigan, artist Khari Turner believed about h2o “all the time,” which include its foremost job in the composition of human bodies.

Even though doing a residency in Venice, California, he used a small Pacific Ocean drinking water in a portray. 

Then his mind “exploded.” 

“What spots can I put into this? I can now physically set genuine history into the paintings in just one way or a different,” he said during an interview at the Museum of Wisconsin Artwork, where by his artwork is on watch.

“if I go to a location wherever it’s possible a massacre happened, or perhaps a baptism transpired, I can set the water in that locale in this operate, and then talk about that space at the same time.”

Milwaukee native Khari Turner is showing new paintings at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

“Mirroring Reflection” at MOWA in West Bend brings jointly 20 of Turner’s new paintings, which blend abstraction with reasonable depiction of Black lips and noses. Even though his target on those facial options commenced with a distinctive determination, it turned “an chance to discuss about magnificence, or to speak about breath and liveliness … an option to communicate about one thing attractive, and about a little something that matters.”