24.08/20.09.2015 Trelex Art Residency/ Geneva, Switzerland
I hesitated about doing the Residency because I have a little girl and she was almost 4 years at that time. But Nina understood and motivated me, because she has 3 lovely children herself. The residency was a very important experience for us. We left our normal lives and artistic practice, we began living and working together. I recommend this experience to all artists.
Also, I am lucky because I knew the other resident artist Gizem Unlu. She is very lovely, calm, understanding young and talented artist. She helped us when we needed something.
I collected maps, because I am influenced by them in my work, but had never used them directly before. I painted maps with watercolor and pens.
In my work, I like to begin with a fictional infrastructure and let my pieces take shape through a production process directed by the natural, random flow of painting; hence questioning the precision and overlooked aspects of architecture and existence in the relationship between painting, life, space and time.
I was in the empty big walls and studio. I prepared many different projects samples on the installation. I collected many things, such as maps, and used them in the installation. For example, I found plants and leaves on the street - I liked them, picked them up and used them in the installation. They are still living in the my Istanbul studio.
Nina organized an open studio and an exhibition before the residency finished.