Simone Bodmer-Turner's passion for clay soon turned into a successful business, as people began to take notice of her unique and creative sculptures. Today, the Brooklyn-based sculptor has a thriving studio practice, and her work is in high demand.
Bodmer-Turner's sculptures often explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her work has been featured in several group shows, but it is her solo exhibition at the end of last year that was one of her big highlights to date.
"I feel like I've finally found my voice," Bodmer-Turner says in an interview with Creative Boom . "Experiencing that kind of admiration and critique is such a great feeling."
"I was able to get the feedback I needed, which has inspired me to keep doing what I'm doing," she adds. "The show really encouraged me." Bodmer-Turner's solo exhibition, called "Fauna," opened in December at 3rd Ward Brooklyn. The sculptor began with a series of figurative sculptures, before moving on to the more abstract works that were inspired by creatures in nature.
"I went from humans and then I started playing with animal heads," Bodmer-Turner says in an interview with Creative Boom . "The first one I did was a goat's head, but I didn't want it to have a specific name, I wanted it to be an animal head. It was important for me not to give it a title."
Bodmer-Turner began working with clay after being inspired by the process of making terrariums. "If you're not familiar with them, they're small vessels that have sand and succulents. It's a way to bring the outside inside," she explains. "I thought it was such a cool technique and I wanted to know more about how they're made."
"I started experimenting with clay and one thing led to another and now I'm sculpting full time — which is incredible — that's all we ever want as artists, is to be able to do what we love and make a living from it."Bodmer-Turner's success can be attributed to her unique vision and skill as a sculptor, but it's also due in part to her dedication to her art practice.