“My research into Ottoman art and architecture introduced me to Nicaea (Iznik) tiles, which have become an integral part of my work.”
Courtesy of the artist.
I was born on April23rd. 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey. She has studied sociology at the University of Strasbourg in France.
In 1985 a famous Turkish artist, Mrs. Ayfer Karamani, introduced me to the art of ceramics and I apprenticed with her workshop for seven years. My first solo exhibition was in 1989 and I have taken part in numerous solo and joint exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad, namely Amsterdam, Paris, Florence, Grasse (south France) and Berlin.
The rich culture and historical past of Anatolia has been a major source of inspiration to me. I am keenly aware of the rare privilege of being able to live and work in a land that has been the home to countless civilizations.
My research into Ottoman art and architecture introduced me to Nicaea (Iznik) tiles, which have become an integral part of my work.
For twelve years the desire and excitement to contemporize these intricate patterns and colors has caused me to intertwine my art with the esthetics of past craftsmanship.
My aim is to interpret Ottoman and Turkish art so that it can be remembered, pondered upon, re-visualized and relived.
Ceramics is a school of art that needs no language to arouse curiosity and excitement. Therefore as an artist of the 21st. century I choose to travel not on the road of universal values of modern art, but rather on the long and thorny road of the traditions of my own culture.
I may not succeed in making ceramics endearing to everyone, but I am happy in my endeavors. Will there be a time when ceramics draw as much attention as painting and sculpture? Will I be able to witness it? I do not know. If this comes true, I will be one of those who got lost on the way, trying.