Personal memories of artist on display at Sanatorium gallery

Memory is one of the most common threads explored by artists in the contemporary art world and artist Sevil Tunaboyluand’s second solo show, featuring works inspired by her personal life, delves into this subject matter once again at Sanatorium Gallery in Istanbul.
Tunaboylu explains the process of creating art as a way of and”healingand” when she experiences problems either related to sociopolitical issues or her personal life.
The exhibitionand’s title, and”In My Mind,and” perfectly explains the state of keeping oneand’s memory alive.
Tunaboylu converts the gallery into a cozy place for herself by using items such as flowers or panels from her studio. Together with paintings depicting her mother as a young student, one of her fatherand’s slippers buried into a block of soap or a woolen blanket she knitted herself, the gallery truly gives an impression of a place inhabited by the artist.
In an interview conducted by fellow artists Ayiegandul Oiuz and Eda Gezikmez for the exhibitionand’s catalog, Tunaboylu says: and”When I have dead ends, in order to deal with them, I go back to my shell. I donand’t want to be anywhere else but in my own room. When I was a little kid, we used to make a tent with my brother from blankets. I want to go under a blanket and stay there. I nourish myself from my essence, from the streets, my friends, memories and photographs.and”
For Tunaboylu, the past is necessary in order to be able to keep going further. and”It has a healing and empowering aspect. This is not being stuck in the past, but comparing the way of how I used to make a decision in the past and now and understanding whether I am moving further. I need to know to what and to whom I evolve into. I donand’t want time to pass by without noticing,and” she says, adding: and”It is not about controlling myself or the events. It is about accepting my mistakes, being able to apologize, being able to do better, being happy from unforgettable moments and being thankful.and”
One of the exhibitionand’s most significant aspects is that most of the items on display are found objects, gallery director Feza Velicangil told Todayand’s Zaman. and”Most of the canvases, the window panes she uses as frames for paintings, the doors and panels she put around the gallery space were all found. There are very few things specifically ordered for this show.and”
Arguably the most curious item in the show is a set of bones the artist found last summer in Burgazada, when she stumbled upon a dead horse in a state of rotting. She went to the area several times and observed what was happening to the animaland’s body and eventually collected the bones and decided to showcase them in her exhibition. Velicangil interprets Tunaboyluand’s effort as a and”tribute to death,and” accepting it and keeping the memory alive through this action.
In a text she wrote for the show, Tunaboylu explains the process of cleaning the bones: and”Last night, I washed the corpse we carried on our backs. I regretted the moment I threw the bones into the tub, but it was already too late. I first chose the cleaner [older] ones they were easy because the fiber-like fluffy bits that connect the joints had dried away. These easily washable bones had no lumps of soil mixed with blood and coalesced with the bone, from within which worms that had stiffened in the water appeared. Before I began, I steeped the bones in warm water with vinegar. Then I added some bleach. In the meantime I cooked spaghetti. I swiftly swallowed up my pasta with garlic tomato sauce. And I thought: andlsquoThereand’s a dead horse in the bathtub, and my stomach couldnand’t care less.and’ Then I drank a cup of coffee. When I had nothing left to waste my time on, I rolled up my sleeves. I put on my lemon-scented pink gloves and the apron Gandumandui gave me. A while later, I looked for something like a mask, but couldnand’t find anything suitable. Then I remembered what you said yesterday when I persistently wanted to learn the time of the island ferry: and’You love playing it safe!and’ but I forgot about the mask, how about that?and”
and”In My Mindand” is on display until June 27 at Sanatorium Gallery in Asmalimescit.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman