More Market Sketching

I have been sketching on location now for…well for as long as I can remember really.  Though there are definite times in my life when it feels as though I am constantly drawing, there are also those times when I let it drift away for a while.  My time in Kapadokya at Babayan was a peak in this artistic cycle, and no matter where my daily activities brought me, I was constantly prepared to draw.

However beginning the process can be a bit difficult, especially in a busy Turkish marketplace.  I always feel slight anxiety as I pull out my sketchbook and pens, trying to capture the rows of color and energy of the market, while the weekly shoppers swarm around me.  As the drawing develops, my self conscious feelings slip away and I realize how endearing people find the art-making process.

I drew in almost all of the Kappadokian markets this summer, and nearly always found myself with a handful of free fruit, a crate or a pile of corn that had been offered to me as a seat, endless glasses of çay and a number of eager models.  Every time I feel slightly nervous to draw, I have to just do it, and when I am sketching anywhere in Turkey, I inevitably end up with new friends, and a satisfied appetite.

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“mısırcı 1” Pen and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“Avanos Market” Pen and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“Nevsehir Market” Pen and Watercolor on Paper, 2013

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“mısırcı 2” Graphite on Paper, 2013

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Sketching the Friday Market

For my residency project, I was interested in dealing with man’s relationship to food and nature.  I believe this is a sacred relationship, one that is increasingly disrespected as the modern world becomes more disconnected from the land. I have always been concerned with humanity’s relationship to food, and after my previous travels in rural and urban Turkey, I became particularly interested in open markets, food displays and Turkey’s agricultural system. The artist in residence program at Babayan seemed to be the perfect opportunity to explore this idea, allow it to develop, and possibly take it in new directions.

After spending a few days getting familiar with ibrahimpaşa, and reflecting more on my concept, I decided the best place to get started was with the small village market, open in ibrahimpaşa square every Friday.  It was a wonderful experience sit on my little stool, use a box crate as a table for my paper and watercolors, watch interactions between the villagers as they came and went, buying their weekly supply of produce.  And of course…I was always offered a çay and a small handful of fruit while I worked.

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“Friday Market” Ink on Paper, 2013

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