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

It’s from Kos, it’s Italian, it’s in New York

It’s from Kos, it’s Italian, it’s in New York

I just love this sketch!

Sketch - Ironwork

It is a drawing for a detail of an iron gate from the 1920s for (if I remember correctly) the entrance gate of a government building on Kos (Cos), the island that I see out my window. At the time, Kos belonged to Italy, having been occupied by the Italians in 1912 and then formally ceded by the Ottoman Empire with the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 – as punishment for the Turks’ being on the wrong side in World War I. Today Kos belongs to Greece, which means to visit, I need to get my passport stamped on the way in, after a  30-minute ferry from Turgutreis. (Total time from my house to Kos: 45 minutes.)

In fact, on the occasion that I took this photo – at an exhibition highlighting the island’s Italian architectural heritage – I took the long way ’round (bus to Fethiye, ferry  to Rhodes, ferry back up to Kos; Total time: 2 days!), as I had been invited to write about how “Turkish Tourists Help Greek Islands out of Crisis”… but that’s another story.

This image will be one of a number of examples from Kos that I will share in my talk/workshop on architectural decoration at Olana on October 11th.