I just returned from my first International Art opening! I'm excited to say my work was exhibited in the Istanbul 20th Art Fair. This is a huge exhibition with 100's of artist from around the world. How did this happen??
Well, in early October I was invited to attend a two week residency program, with some friends from Dokuz Eylul University, at UKKSA facility near Datça (Uluslar Knidos Kültür ve Sanat Akademisi). The facility provided us with housing, home cooked meals, 24 hour studio access and all the materials we needed including fantastic hospitality. Our job was to make art!!
We quickly feel into routine, stating with traditional Turkish breakfasts then into the studio to work until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Then we would sit down to a big home cooked meal and after çay we were off to the beach. Returning to the studio after dinner to work until 1or 2 am. What a life! Eat, sleep, make art. Could I ask for anything more?? Falling into the routine and staying in constant creative mode progresses the work quickly. My notebooks were filling up and clay forms start to gain success. So here I am, surrounded by Turkish people all day, everyday. At first, I was constantly trying to translate conversations, but that can be exhausting. So I found myself tuning into my work, driven with creative thoughts and concepts. Diving deep in ideas and ...
! Boom! Someone would asks me a question - in English...I'm so involved in my thoughts I have to come too out of the fog, like waking from a dream, and come back to this external reality. It was really strange...and wonderful. So, after one week I agreed I would not speak any more English, IF everyone spoke extremely slow and simple Turkish. Agreed. Now the fun really begins!
I made rocks,- ceramic vases/vessels.... one series inspired by the sea washed stones and another series on the mt. landscape of the area. These forms soon morphed into a third series of stones influenced by the 100 yr old olive tree trunks..but enough art babble....
Here are some photos of the facility, my friends and the some of our work. All I can say is..it was fantastic!
|The Studio -day 1|
|Artist at work|
|The Artists at Breakfast|
|The Artist at Work|
|My Stone (saggar fired)|
|My Mountains (in process)|
|Morphed Olive Trunk Stones|
|Mujde's forms (saggar fired)|
|My landscape bowl|
|My Mts. (finished)|
|My Olive Wheel|
|The Gallery (Leman's piece)|
|Serkan's forms(top) / My Stones & Mts(bottom)|
|Ismet's forms (saggar fired)|
|Ismet's forms(saggar fired)|
The question now is...can we return??