Istanbul, September 2011: I visited an antique book market several times during those sweltering Fall days. It was a temporary market, set up beneath white tents in a parking lot next to the Pera Müzesi. A great place to rummage through lose papers, beautiful old Quarans and books illustrating the art of carpet weaving. I would dig for an hour or so before relaxing in a plastic chair to have a hot çay, and gaze out over the sprawling city.
I had collected several sheets of lose paper with arabic writing, and a few worn out journals bound together with cardboard covers before finding a magazine dated from the 1920’s. The cover illustration reminded me of a dream, and I felt compelled by the simple quality of its line and color. I purchased the piece, having been so transfixed by this image, and after many months of handing he magazine, flipping through its pages and admiring the delicate writing and eloquently drawn cartoons, it struck me to recreate a version of the cover image for my Hüzün Exhibition.
This dream-like image seemed to fit perfectly into my concept, as it reminded me of that surreal Istanbul feeling I was trying so desperately to capture. The tittle came to me before I began, Rüya….Dream. Below is the original drawing by the unknown artist, and the evolution of my version.