Bodrum Suite series no. 78
10 x 7 inches
Watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, graphite, bush pen, and paper palette collage stitched on paper
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Born in Istanbul in 1978, Yasemin Kackar-Demirel is a mixed media artist who received her MFA from Northern Illinois University, and her BFA from Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey.
"The sea-sky-land relationship is the foundation of the drawings in my ongoing Bodrum Suite series. As I apply gestural washes of watercolor as the backdrop of the work, I think about the eternal relationship generating from this coastal town by the Aegean Sea in Turkey.
In Bodrum, where Days are akin to musical suites, each one unfolding its own partition, nostalgia, color, rhythm and light, I savor each fleeting moment. The process of these works, then, is also embedded in the present moment reflecting the spirit of Bodrum through colors and gestures. Over the activated surface, I apply cut-out fragments from my paint palettes in addition to loosely traced structural elements and architectural fragments that may also be remnants from other times and places. I use geometry as an encompassing tool to connect these traced remnants and the watercolor washes. It is a rhythmic play of inclusion and exclusion of the elements in the work, of what is eternal and what is ephemeral, similar to the process of human memory formation.
Memory and its fickleness is reflected in how I handle the shapes (i.e, rotating, maneuvering, contouring) as well as in the mediums I use, such as watercolor, colored pencil, gouache archival markers and pens. As if swimming through timelessness, the works carry the past into the future, nestled in the presence and process of now."