Jenna Turner was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. This past year Jenna was awarded an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant to attend the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennial in South Korea, where she was an exhibiting artist and presenter.
The farms, towns, and Canadian prairies surrounding the city where I was raised, have always fascinated me and are at the root of my interest in the lives of working class families such as my own. Whether it is an old grain elevator or the presence of a maternal figure, the materials and processes I work with relate to the domestic lives and work spaces of those before me. By pairing durable mediums such as ceramics and steel, with less permanent ones like bread and cloth, I create sculptures and installations to reflect the fleeting, yet lasting affects of the past.