Alchemies of the Mind
George Turia is inspired by what he calls "man’s paradoxical nature:" "The stability of our bodies and minds and souls is constantly undermined yet just as we near disintegration we find it in ourselves to continue on. We pick ourselves up and drag ourselves back into the fight of the world where we will inevitably be hurt again but also made beautiful by our wounds and scars." Turia uses white porcelain to hand-‐model stylized human heads which he adorns with elaborate drawings and iron or gold-‐plated headpieces in order to speak of the dynamics between fragility and resilience. This focus gives his work a timeless relevance. He explains his aesthetics: "The fragility of ceramics conveys man’s susceptibility to wounding. The porcelain allows me to smooth it until it becomes perfect – an impeccable surface, a defleshed bone upon which personal history will soon be inscribed."
George Turia, is presently working in ceramics and mixed media from his studio in Toronto and participates in exhibitions in Canada, Europe and USA.
Artist Statement: My art is informed by the idea that in order to express his spiritual nature man has to undergo a painful process of identity-deconstruction. In my works, memory is subjected to a continuous practice of self-examination. One revisits the same events in the past only to see them in a different light and to experience different emotions. The admission of such vulnerabilities indicates, for me, a higher humanity. I prefer the medium of ceramics because, like the soul, it is raw, warm, fragile, and ready to gain superior expression in tension-laden forms.