Halifax artist issues call-out for 100 volunteers to help create her next masterpiece | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST
Turnbull's work focuses on the idea of 'multiple selves'.

Halifax artist issues call-out for 100 volunteers to help create her next masterpiece

Miya Turnbull makes and photographs masks that have been on the cover of Visual Arts News.

Miya Turnbull's three-dimensional self-portraits masks are a combination of photography, sculpture and collage. They're the type of exciting work that makes the visual art world sit up and take notice: Landing her on the cover of Visual Art News (the region's largest art publication), getting scooped up by the Nova Scotia Art Bank (a provincial effort to collect and maintain a database of significant works by local artists) and staged in shows everywhere from Cape Breton to Florida.

This weekend, though, you have a chance to help make a masterpiece happen: Turnbull is looking for 100 volunteers to don her masks for a large-scale photo shoot that will be held at Point Pleasant Park's Cambridge Battery on Saturday, October 8 from 4-6pm. The group photo has some ground rules: Turnbull needs participants to RSVP to selfportraitmaskproject@gmail.com and requests you wear dark colours and dress in warm layers. "This huge photoshoot will entail 100 participants each embodying a different variation of Turnbull's self-portrait in mask form. Together the group photo and videos will capture an eerie gathering of her 'multiple selves' standing together and performing basic movements," a press release that accompanied the call-out says.

More details will be communicated with participants via email, but a rain date for the project (if needed) will be Monday, October 10 from 4-6pm.

"With each variation of my masks," Turnbull says in the release, "I am attempting to continuously hone in on the transitory nature of identity, duality and in-betweenness", speaking to her own cultural identity of mixed Japanese Canadian heritage. "My goal is to reveal and embody something previously hidden."

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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