Artist Interview wth Yildiz at Somerville Media Center, Oct 12, 2018
I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, but have spent most of my life in the Boston area. These two cultures constantly enrich and inspire me. In my early years, I designed sets for stage performances and residential interiors. If I don’t find art, art finds me.
Prior to painting, I sculpted with clay. After working with 3D medium, the transition to paint wasn’t satisfying at first. But I embraced the challenge, and with the guidance of talented instructors and my own determination, I was able to discover the possibilities of a blank canvas.
Because of its fluidity, watercolor was my first choice as a medium. Then came acrylic, then mixed media. My art and I keep evolving. Rather than striving for a signature style, by working across many facets, I discover limitless creative opportunities.
As a visual artist and a dancer, I find many connections between abstract painting and improvisational dance. Just as I let the music move me from within, I allow my artistic intuition to bring life to my brush.
I strive to make art that is personal, visually pleasing, warm, strong, and a bit playful. I try to convey certain intellect and human emotion. It’s art...it’s open to anybody’s interpretation!
Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey BFA
(formerly State Academy of Fine Arts)
Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul Turkey MFA
Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A. MS
N.H. Institute of Art, Manchester, NH Certificate Degree