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Mask-Maker/ Visual Artist/ Multi-Media
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About the Artist

Miya Turnbull is a multi-disciplinary visual artist of mixed Japanese Canadian ancestry. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta) with a B.F.A and currently lives in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, N.S.) She works with many different mediums but is primarily a mask-artist, and new to her practice is performance. She focuses on Self-Portraits, using her Photo-Mask technique to make life-like representations of her face, often distorting and manipulating her image in various ways, which she then wears as a 'false face' or 'second skin'. 

She has exhibited her masks, photos, and video in galleries in Canada and internationally. Her artwork has been on the cover of 3 magazines: Visual Arts News (Atlantic Canada), Art Reveal (Germany) and Masks Literary Magazine (Columbia College Chicago Library), as well as featured on digital platforms such as Vogue (Thailand), Planted Journal (Italy), Gata Magazine (Japan), Oficina Palimpsestus (Brazil), and The Perfect Magazine (UK). Miya's artwork was researched and presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute in Bristol, UK (2021) by Dr. Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva), and her masks were used in a short film in France called "Nô Feminist", directed by Aïssa Maïga, which premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival (2022). Miya has been very fortunate to receive the support of Arts N.S. and the Canada Council for the Arts, which has allowed her artwork to flourish.

  • Ethnic Origins

    East Asian , Other

  • Languages


  • My Disciplines

    Digital Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Visual Arts