– Can you introduce yourself?
Hello, I’m Gamze and I’m a visual artist. I’m living and producing between Berlin and Istanbul but I’m currently working from my studio in Berlin. I graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Art University (Istanbul, Turkey). As soon as I graduated, with the influence of my travels, my work turned into murals, illustrations, and other works inspired by the sketches that I’ve produced during my travels. I have been focusing on works that I’ve created during those travels and mostly on wall paintings for about 10 years now. “Other Worlds” is my latest project within the scope of the 1Wall Exhibition.
– Your works are featured by a certain color palette. Is there a reason for that?
I think the fiction that impressed me the most was the 6-month period I spent in the Philippines when I first started painting and experimenting. There was a time when I always used the color blue, all kinds of blue. Influenced by the sea and the ocean, I started experimenting with many shades of blue and indigo. There was always an ocean effect in my works no matter what I do. Now, my work mainly deals with dreamlands and surreal fiction. My colorful palette turned into a scale where I use pinks. I try to diversify in terms of color, but no matter what I do, I always focus on these color tones. Color and the way I experiment with color have become the most important part of my art. That is the main reason why I work with this color palette, with blues and pinks when creating my murals and other large area paintings.
– Your solo exhibition is entitled “Other Worlds”. How did you create a connection between the name and the place?
The idea of a solo exhibition came into mind in Istanbul and I got very excited. For the first time, I got the chance to reflect on my art by painting a mural on a gallery wall. While I was in Berlin, I started thinking about my visit to Istanbul and started ideating about my solo exhibition. In this sense, this duality and the dilemma led me to call my work “Other Worlds”. We are in a never-ending process where we are affected by global warming and any other issue that concerns us. This transformation keeps us on alert. It affects our daily lives and also has a strong effect on art. I wanted to transform those issues and turn them into something positive by using the power of colors that emerged within this fiction. Paul Klee’s words have fascinated and inspired me for years. “The world in terms of its conditions is not the only one among possible worlds.”. This quote affected my creativity and helped me transform my work and bring it to a better state. It also led me to think more about other worlds and scenarios. Real transformation begins and ends with nature. Nature has the power to renew and transform itself. I wanted to reflect this idea into my work and be the change you want to see in the world.