We are proud to present Burcu and Selen... February 19 2016, 0 Comments


Burcu Büyükünal and Selen Özus are two jewelry designer-makers who are following our footsteps. Burcu, an ex-student of ours, worked with in our studio from 2003 to 2009; Selen on the other hand has spent time in the same studio as an intern.  Since 2011 they have their own studio, Maden Contemporary Jewellery Studio, where they teach and pursue their creative careers.

'Side by Side' is two solo but parallel shows, where we will exhibit their wall pieces as well as their new jewelry.

The Closest - Selen Özus

'My autoportrait works entitled “The closest” are the products of an interpretive process of visualizing myself which resulted in conflicts and clashes. The period started with shut-eye drawings: My white on white faces that only reveal themselves with a closer look, are chosen to define myself. Porcelain works emerged as the variable reflections of transparent and delicate materials gone with the flow.'

'It all starts with the valuable beauties and ugliness that surround us: People, being human, lights, spaces, relations, memories, nature and details. The sensations created by everybody and everything awaken a desire to produce. In fact, all shapens up while paying gently attention to the details. From then on my sole aim is to retreat to my secured world and to concretize what I see with my feelings… to reflect the combination of brain and heart.'

'While producing, drawings become objects, objects become art jewellery. Once my strong feelings balanced, the rest passes to the piece.'

Let it... - Burcu Büyükünal

'Let it… is a work that began to appear in my mind when I lost myself in the details of Abel Mort sculpture by Emile Feugère des Fort in Musée d’Orsay. It emerges from these details and changes its direction under the influence of the natural and obligatory course of life. It is fiction but it is real.'

'Let it exist, let it cease, let it come, let it go, let it stay, let it appear, let it conceal, let it decay, let it split, let it (them) gather, let it unite, let it be remembered, let it be forgotten, let it out, let it in, let it get lost, let it be found, let it become ugly, let it turn beautiful…'

'Among my works, there are designed products along with functional and nonfunctional, artistic and arbitrary pieces that I cannot classify. Contemporary jewellery, which is my main field, comes and goes between these two related disciplines, stands closer to one of them time to time. I sometimes focus on a technique, a material or a visual data around me and create links among them while revealing my own point of view. I crave to ask uncommon questions and find alternative answers to them. Even though I enjoy sticking to my habits in the process of creation, I find these shifts nourishing and exciting. I believe creating and making is a childlike addiction. That’s why my studio is my living room.'

The exhibition will run 3 - 26 March 2016, everyday except Sundays.

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