Visual artist Patricia Lynn Turner is an unabashed Lady Gaga fan. Recently, her admiration for the boundary-pushing pop star has spilled over into her art.
Currently on display at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton is Turner's piece titled "The Lady Gaga Little Monsters Roadside Altar and Zen Garden." It's presented as part of the center's show "Assemblage, Collage & Mixed Media by Virginia Artists," which ends its run there on Sunday, July 10.
The piece features a doll, glittery sunglasses, Mardi Gras beads and candles. The words "Jesus Loves Everybody" and "Show Me Your Teeth" are part of the shrine.
"It's in support of her political statements, that was the motivation," the Poquoson-based artist said. "She has the right things to say: Learn to survive, be brave, be who you are. I can't see how anybody wouldn't support that kind of statment. She's very inspiring."
Turner said she recognizes that she's probably not part of Lady Gaga's target audience. "I'm 60 years old. I'm probably way out of her demographic. But I like her message."
She said she heard Gaga's single "Poker Face" and immediately ran out to Wal-Mart to buy a copy of the CD. Since then, she's deepened her appreciation by repeatedly watching the singer's television specials.
"I find her to be a breath of fresh air," Turner said. "She illustrates the difference between ego and confidence ... She's very accesible to her fans ... She's a good example of how to be yourself ... She's very honest, that's what I appreciate about her."
This is not the first time Turner has referenced pop music in her art. She's perviously done pieces inspired by -- or devoted to -- Freddie Mercury of the band Queen and Jimi Hendrix.
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