Graduation Series: Arabella Turner

Fri 5 Apr

In our ongoing series spotlighting graduating students, in this interview we explore the creative journey of Arabella Turner, a master's student specializing in lens-based media. Arabella's path has been a fusion of literature, cinema, and experimental visual arts, culminating in a unique and compelling graduation project about narrative and landscape.

What is your subject of graduation?

"I'm crafting a short fiction film centered around a geologist conducting research on a beach. During her exploration, she engages in a dialogue with the rocks, cliffs, and caves, unraveling their tales of centuries past. Set in 2043, the film delves into the profound connection between the geologist and her surroundings. Alongside the film, I'm creating large wall drawings, visual manifestations of the cliffs and caves, adorned with notes and sketches."

Why did you go for this subject?

"The inspiration struck naturally while strolling along the English coast, captivated by the rugged cliffs and enigmatic caves. The lore of smugglers and hidden histories drew me in, intertwining human presence with the landscape. Having always been drawn to nature, rocks, and stones, the project felt like a seamless extension of my interests."

Do you feel pressure graduating?

"Absolutely, the pressure is real. Graduation marks a significant milestone, and there's a sense of urgency to ensure my work resonates and launches me into the art industry. The financial challenges of pursuing a career in visual arts and filmmaking add to the weight, but I'm determined to deliver something meaningful."

What are you most excited about?

"I'm eagerly anticipating the editing process, where all the pieces come together, as well as the actual shooting of the film. Collaborating with close friends on set adds an extra layer of excitement and camaraderie to the project."

What are you most scared about?

"There's a multitude of worries, from unpredictable weather during outdoor shoots to the overall execution of the project. However, I'm balancing these fears with a belief in the project's vision and the effort I've invested."

How did your years at wdka shape you and your artistic development?

"The friendships and collaboration with fellow students have been instrumental in my growth. Feedback, collaborations, and the support network have grounded me and enriched my understanding of the industry. Additionally, the guidance from tutors, particularly Leslie, has provided invaluable insight and confidence."

What are your plans after graduation?

"Navigating the post-graduation reality is daunting, but I'm exploring opportunities for residencies, grants, and visa applications to continue my artistic journey. Rotterdam offers a lot of opportunities, and I'm eager to explore that further."

What are your dreams?

"Ultimately, I aspire to devote the majority of my time to my artistic practice while achieving financial stability. I aim to create works that are not only contemporary but also hold cultural significance and urgency."