Deniz Uster


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Deniz Uster (b.1981- Istanbul) is an international artist based in Glasgow and Istanbul. She studied her undergraduate degree in Painting and Drawing at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, and had her MA in Visual Arts at Sabanci University, in Istanbul. After moving to Glasgow, she completed her MFA studies at Glasgow School of Art.

Her work often implies a process of transmutation, through the language of alchemy. However, different from the sublimity of Hermeticism, her works transform the valuable, the profitable into the futile and the useless. In these works, she utilises rituals and Anatolian Turkish Folklore, hybridised with the antithetic nature of Scotland, where she is influenced both by its industrial spectacle and its scenic beauty. Therefore, the nature of her work is highly contradictive, fictional and intentionally fake in appearance.

As a product of this mixture, her hybrids, in time, have begun to form around the monstrous, not as an aberrant category, but as the very circumstance of existence; since monsters clearly cannot come into being apart from normal bodies, but simultaneously are extreme to the binary system, uncontained by any fixed category of exclusion. They refuse to stay fixed in place: they change shape; they combine elements, which are assumed to stay separate.

At this juncture, in relation to the works that she produces, she is on the side of the hybrids and monsters, which she believes are the main signifiers of the radical destabilisation of the binary processes of difference and identity that develop otherness. Thereon, in her sculptures, she intends to demonstrate in what ways these monsters, these ambiguous figures, involve a reconfiguration of relationships between bodies, cultures and all embodied selves.

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  2. Emrah Uster