Hometown: Muğla, Turkey
Current town: İstanbul, Turkey
Job description: Jewelry Designer / Instructor
Bio: I was born in 1980, Ankara, Turkey. I graduated from Industrial Design Department of Istanbul Technical University in 2003. I got the second prize in the Jewelry Design Competition of World Gold Council Turkey in 2002, and decided to pursue a career in jewelry design. I worked for the jewelry gallery “elacindoruknazanpak” for four years following my graduation. I received the Fulbrigt Award in 2006 and moved to USA to study in Metals at SUNY at New Paltz. I completed graduate school in 2009 and returned to Turkey. My work has been exhibited in numerous shows in Turkey and abroad since 2005.
Currently, I am teaching at Maden Contemporary Jewellery Studio that I cofounded with Selen Özus along with design and jewelry classes in two universities.
What are you working on/ describe your work:
I make wearable jewelry and conceptual art that questions jewelry and its relationship to body.
What’s your art background / when did you begin really focusing on art?
I started to make things at early an early age, like many other artists. Then I got BSc in Industrial Design in 2003 and MFA in Metals in 2009.
What’s been happening in your life/ what’s next for you?
I have been working in the field of jewelry since 2003. After graduate school, I started to make conceptual work besides making wearable jewelry. I am planning keeping on this track. I also opened a studio with my business partner. We are teaching jewelry classes and workshops there. We are planning to improve the studio and become a jewelry school in the future.
Describe your current state of mind / what’s inspiring you?
New work always starts with a question for me. I would ask why something is in a certain way and if I can make it differently, or how far can I go with an idea I have.
What is one of the biggest challenges you face as an artist?
To deal with situations; that I have to adapt to the way the real world works.
Has the meaning of your work changed over time?
I like to see my work as projects that start and finish at some point. Then I look for something else to struggle with. All the work I make have common sides, but the meaning can definitely change. I guess, my method always stays the same.
What are you listening to these days?
What is your ideal job?
It is what I am doing right now: Part-time teaching and making work.
Favorite artists and why/ people in your field whom you most admire:
I don’t admire at particular works. I admire any artist that I can feel his / her passion. Two examples would be Marina Abramoviç and Rodin.
What are you reading?
Lately, I have started a few nonfiction books, but never finish them.