I was born in Istanbul, Turkey, during an era of violent chaos and a military coup in which thousands of people, mostly intellectuals, were imprisoned for their ideas concerning social justice. Growing up in this politically and ideologically charged environment kept me close to the threat of death and in tune with what was going on around me. It was never easy for me to express my feelings through words, partly due to my female identity, but also due to the strict leadership and undercurrent of political Islam in the developing country in which I was raised.
The possibility of sudden loss, the brutality of people’s approach to their surroundings and society’s aggressiveness urge me to synthesize. Exploring the continuous struggle and the order of our universe, I use multiples and repetition to undermine hierarchical relations between objects. The work resonates as a theatrical extension of daily life, where viewer becomes the performer, reminding us that we all have social roles to fulfill. I like the work to be open to different interpretations, given all diverse qualities of each viewer.