With the traditional practice of painting at her BA, she started to use acrylic and ink on canvas to transmit her illustrative sketches and continued drawing on paper after her education. She started to develop the use of lines expressing the connection between beings and the communication they create among themselves. This practice gradually led to a wider questioning; on how the basis of the early Western philosophy "I think, therefore I am" which left itself to another catastrophic alienation of 'self', capitalism, led a human being to become alienated form 'self'. Which we start to define the self with thoughts, the external things around us, let the mind itself to be the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and our awareness which cause us to move away from the ‘being’.
As a symbol of this questioning, she uses lines that are tangled to each other. These works, which she started to gather under the series called ‘Lines in Minds’, are progressing to a more comprehensive area by observing the details more clearly with her regular meditation practice she continues doing.
Is there any recurring theme/question in your practice?
Early on the emergence of Western philosophy, starting with the notion of which left itself to another catastrophic alienation of 'self', capitalism, led a human being to become alienated form ‘self’. We started to define the self as our thoughts and the external things around us, let the mind itself to be the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and the awareness, causing us to move away from the ‘being’. When thoughts excessively intervene in our minds, most of us are somewhat got captivated by the illusional cycle of ‘overthinking bubble’ that is made of pointless assumptions.
Can you explain your art practice in 3 words?
Symbolic, internal, subtle.
Lines are the basis of your illustrations. What ideas are you exploring in your works through lines?
As a symbol of my questioning the overthinking and its effects on human psychology, I use lines that are tangled with each other. These works, which I started to gather under the series called ‘Lines in Minds’, are progressing to a more comprehensive area by observing the details more clearly with my regular meditation practice that I continue doing.
Which cities have you lived before? How did it affect your creative process?
At the age of 4, I moved to Turkey from USA with my family. After having lived and studied in Istanbul for years, I moved to San Francisco to start my master’s education in 2015. At the times that I was by myself, I noticed that I channeled some of the feelings I had felt such as becoming distant to the loved ones, old habits and the changes through this life-altering episode of my life.
Currently, you’re based in San Francisco. Can you talk a bit about art world in SF?
I started working as designer at a contemporary art gallery in San Francisco called /(slash) Art Gallery from the very first day it opened to public. Since then and also my husband completing his fine art practice at an art school in San Francisco, I started to become much more involved in the art scene here then before.
As San Francisco being a small city, there are sufficient number of art collectives and art galleries being active with exhibitions, talks, workshops in which create an extensive dialog in between. Being directly in contact with artist and curators at /(slash) of course made an impact on reading works and on my own way of looking and expressing to my own art.