Medium Practice (For Ayni)

This post is for Ayni, who liked my little notebooks and wanted to know if she could buy something and have me send it to the Netherlands.

Besides just being a wonderful person, Ayni will always have a place in my heart for introducing me to someone who could ask me “In what medium do you realize your practice?” with a straight face.

So, to answer that question in a size that will fit in an (albeit large) envelope:

2000 women installation shot

Not a great photo, but those are 2000 watercolor drawings of nudes from my installation ‘2000 Women’. Can Özgün of the British Council wanted me to do something special just for him – with the excuse that my other installation ‘Nü-Nar’ (Nude-Pomegranate) wouldn’t ‘fill the gallery space.’

Antalya nunar installation

I redid the ‘Nu-Nar’ installation in Antalya (sorry – another bad photo) – and I think it shows that Mr. Özgün was wrong about the space, but right about getting me to do some more work.

What can I say? I guess I am just one of those artists that needs to have a deadline.

By the way, I ‘recycled’ the ‘Nars’ for an installation called ‘Manav’ (Grocery) done in an empty shop that used to be – ta da – a grocery.

Manav (Deborah Semel Demirtaş)

I had to sew them all together to get them to stand up, but I could rip a couple of stitches and pop one in an envelope for you to hang up, Ayni.

Or, if you want something else to hang up, how ’bout a mouse?

super fare

Or maybe a bird?

pembe kus

Both of these were from an installation I did a few years back.

Ayna Bahce-Filmler_agactaki kuslar (Garden Filmstrips_Birds in Trees)

So, in what medium do I realize my practice? Trees?

Actually, I’ve got a couple of really nice sculptures made from trees, with a little rebar, but they wouldn’t fit in an envelope.

But I could send you a couple of little drawings of some cotton pickers…

Soke Pamuk toplayanlar 1

but you’ll have to get your own painting easel to display them on.

I suppose you could just hang them on a wall, like a ‘regular’ drawing…
Swimming

ishik

Although I’ve been told that these are ‘too dark’ to appeal to people.

What people, I wonder?

(Oh, and as far as medium practice goes, these ‘regular’ drawings are oil pastels that started out as photographs that I digitized and then altered in photoshop and then used the altered photos as sketches that I printed out on drawing paper and drew on top of. FYI.)

Lots of practice.

Kisses,

Deborah

Mostly Paper

Today at the end of my ‘1-woman yoga class’, Tüğce (yoga teacher – so together we are a ‘2-woman class’) asked me where she could see some of my collages on-line – prompting me to get around to this post.

Rather than something new, the photos below are from an exhibit I organized a couple of years ago called “Vitrinler’de Sanat / Art Windows”. The idea was to put artworks in empty shops in Turgutreis – because at the time it seemed the empty shops outnumbered the full ones – which wasn’t doing much for morale, or for business.

The artwork ran the gamut from watercolor ‘scenes’ to a ‘dead fish installation’ by a ceramic artist… rather a nice variety, I might say. I had the window of a former greengrocers, so I decided to put in a basket of pomegranates.

Deborah 2a

(Recycled from a 2000 installation called “Nü-Nar (Nude Pomegranate) – but perfectly ‘suitable for audiences of all ages’ – with the ‘nü’s’ directed towards the inside of the shop.) Next to the basket was a “fruit pyramid”.

Deborah 1a

Another artist in the exhibit who works with paper is Uta Çiner.

Uta hanging

It’s kind of hard to see what she was doing in there – so here’s another shot, of ‘the work’:

Uta 1

And I guess it’s still kind of hard to see exactly what this is: a very large papier mache sculpture.

To really see what she does, here is a link to her website, http://kikkula.de/, which shows work by Uta and her husband Tuna. I just went to visit them at their shop in Gumuşluk yesterday, to pick Tuna’s brain on books – he makes BEAUTIFUL notepads using a lot of SE Asian papers – and I got some good advice re: The Little Book of Pavement

So, ideas from Tuna and a new ruler from Kadir, and we should be on our way…