‘Bliss’ for ‘1001 Nights’ at Arkas Art Center now displayed at Pera Palace Hotel

Mouth - blown glass vessels of various sizes (40 cm, 30 cm and 20 cm)  Caneworked/Filigrana glass with added optic effects  On a 160 cm x 200 cm kinetic platform presented over a 450 cm x 360 cm vintage carpet displayed with original vintage copies of ‘1001 nights’ (courtesy of the artist) 2018

Mouth - blown glass vessels of various sizes (40 cm, 30 cm and 20 cm)

Caneworked/Filigrana glass with added optic effects

On a 160 cm x 200 cm kinetic platform presented over a 450 cm x 360 cm vintage carpet displayed with original vintage copies of ‘1001 nights’ (courtesy of the artist) 2018

The installation “Bliss”, originally presented at “1001 Nights” exhibition at Arkas Art Center, Izmir, is a reflection of my childhood memories. Long time ago, not too far from here, in a beautiful house very much like this building, lived my paternal grandparents. My grandmother, Felekşan, was very much a person who chose to spend most of her time within the boundaries of her home. The library on the top floor was where she would spend time hidden away from the afternoon heat with the shutters almost always closed to keep the sun from coming in. In this library is where she would share readings from her most precious books with us. ‘1001 Nights’ was one of those where we would gather around her and listen in perfect silence. What I remember from those afternoons is not the details of the stories told by Scheherazade. I rather remember the smooth massive carpet, that I have used for this installation, almost like a dreamy garden covering the library floor; the soothing feeling of my grandmother’s soft voice; and myself in a state of absolute bliss...

After its initial presentation past autumn at Arkas Art Center in Izmir, Turkey, for '1001 Nights' curated by Jean-Luc Maeso,  'Bliss' will be displayed at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul through March 25th, 2019.