Genre: Found-object sculpture
Age Range for Residencies: K-12, Adult, senior citizens
Artist’s Statement: Noelle Turco loves yard sales, decorating, dancing, Kang Lieng soup, plants, soft socks, Leo Buscaglia books, consignment shops, E.L.O., intelligence, vintage things, coffee, clearance sales, awesome people, and free stuff. Discarded items are her treasures that offer inspiration or are applied energetically to her mixed media art. Torn paper, crayons, watercolor, ink, pastels, oil paint, wire, thread, acrylic, found objects, material and anything else you can think of are used to create unique stories that unfold into vibrant visual journeys. Wherever Noelle is, be it in the woods or downtown, anything that catches her eye on the ground is happily put into her backpack. Her inspirations come from dreams, life, words, gardening, music, Asian art, 1950-70’s children’s illustrations and graphic design. Her use of diverse materials helps to convey her “one of a kind psychological expression” similar to illustrative narratives.
Ms. Turco resides in Lancaster City and is the mother of two spectacular children and has the ultimate boyfriend plus a dog named Hidiho Fantastic Floppy Ears Jones. Noelle holds a degree in Art with a concentration in the Social Sciences. She has shown her art throughout the East Coast and several of her pieces are owned by prominent collectors and businesses. Noelle has been the Art Director at Carr’s Restaurant for the past 12 years and has designed several houses and restaurants. She currently is self-employed doing commission work, design/decorating consultation through her company Red House Design and teaches art lessons. Ms. Turco truly believes that imagination, self-truth, and exploration are paramount in providing quality art and the freedom to express those elements helps individuals to attain a stronger sense of humanity.