Upon returning home from my trip out west, I have been working like a bee in my studio, trying to meet another impending deadline. I have signed up for a solo exhibition in my home town, which is exciting because this is my first real show in a gallery since graduating from school. The theme of my exhibition is of course concerning my year in Istanbul. I have had so much to say about immersing myself in Turkish culture that at first, it was as though I was trying to force words and ideas through the small neck of a bottle, and they became trapped, cluttered and confused. But, after many months of work, a definite theme has developed, and I am thrilled with the organic formation of this project. From now up until my exhibition, I will be uploading images of the drawings and paintings as they come into completion. My full artist statement will come last as I don’t want to give the entire concept of the show away.
Featured in this post are 2 of 3 paintings with the tittle “Lessons.” Here I am pairing two subjects that held strong significance to me while living in Turkey. I could go deeply into a discussion of these images, but for now I would like them to speak for themselves. The 3rd painting in this series in nearly completed and will be uploaded soon. For now, please enjoy and feel free to comment!