Sculpture Series

Tangled 

On the sculpture series, Tangled

 

I started this series on a Sunday during lockdown when I felt stuck, both in the physical and emotional sense of the word. I put a chunk of clay in front of me, and began to play with it without any premeditation other than the urge to reflect my emotions. I let the medium to guide me, following the direction it wanted to go. The moment I felt relieved of my distress, the piece was finished. There was this wholesome form: the first tangled sculpture.

 

As I examined it, I felt deeply connected to this form that soothed me. The clay became an instrument to clarify and convey my emotions, like a heartbeat monitor that visualises our inner dynamics that constantly change in tandem with our subconscious.  

 

The overlapping limbs, which represented my diligence for progress and growth in defiance of anxiety, restraint and burden of the past, became literally more elevated in the ensuing works of the series, as if mirroring my liberation from these self-imposed obstructions, through this creative process. The negative space enveloping these fluid lines turned out to be an uncharted territory full of wonder, hope and endless possibilities for future. It is a room for magic that I believe the universe yields in its inexplicable ways.

Tangled I

Clay, glaze, wood

H35xW25xD10cm, wall sculpture

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Tangled II

Clay, glaze

D22xH11cm, wall sculpture

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Tangled III

Clay, glaze

H28xW22xD16cm

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Tangled IV

Clay, glaze

H16xW18xD17cm

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Cappadocia Series

On the sculpture series, Cappadocia

 

A tribute to my Turkish roots and Anatolia,

 

Cappadocia, a historical natural beauty, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Cappadocia valleys. Sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early settlers. A center of ceramics and pottery; The tens of thousands of clay tablets recovered from the remains of an Assyrian merchant colony at Kanesh are among the oldest written documents discovered in Turkey. Pottery production in Avanos has been continuous since the Hittites. Pottery making is known to be an ancient art since Hittite times (1800 BC) in this area and is continued in the ancient traditional ways. To this date pottery is one of the most important core values among the Cappadocia residents.

 

This magical landmark has always been an inspiration to me. The forever valleys, cave structures, 60 million years of history, its sunsets and sunrises, the smell of the clay, beautiful textures of the chimneys and rock formations, the feeling of looking at humanities past as standing on the very same ground of untouched natural legacy.

In my Cappadocia series I started making vessels while dreaming about my visits, memories and the unforgettable sights of Cappadocia. I let the clay take shape as my mind was taking a journey between fairy chimneys and the Red Valley during a Cappadocia sunset. I wanted to create big wall installations, meter long vessels and even tiny objects to show my appreciation of this gift from our mother earth. Work in progress; some of the works are smaller for retail purposes and some will be kept for an exhibition ergo a large audience can meet with Cappadocia even if they weren't able to visit this magnificent plateau.

Cappadocia Women

Clay, glaze

H42xW16xD17cm

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Cappadocia Vessel

Clay, glaze

H61xW19xD18cm

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Cappadocia Cave

Clay, glaze

H8xW14xD6cm

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