Interview: Meliha SÖZERİ | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Meliha SÖZERİ

Interviews | March 19, 2019 |

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Interview: Meliha SÖZERİ

Luca Curci talks with Meliha SÖZERİ during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Was born in 1982 in Antalya, Turkey. Completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Sculpture department in 2004. Completed her Master’s Degree from Marmara University Fine Arts Institute Sculpture department between 2004-2007. Master’s degree thesis’s name is “Arcisculpture Forms in Architecture from 1970’s”. Focuses on the intersection and interactions of architecture and sculpture disciplines from an artistic point of view. Completed her PhD between 2012-2016. PhD thesis name is, “The Artworks Which Turns The Plastic Perception Inside Out in Contemporary Sculpture”. In contemporary art, sculpture focuses on the study of the plastic perception and the conceptual content of the applied discipline. She is currently a faculty member as a Assist. Prof. at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at T.C. Altinbas University. Within the scope of academic and artistic studies; Sözeri has published several peer-reviewed, national and international articles with her theoretical areas, including sculpture, architecture and contemporary art. And she participated in national and international exhibitions; and took part in various events and symposiums. She received awards in sculpture and art competitions. She opened her first personal exhibition “Toz/Dust” in Bozlu Art Project in 2018. In the artistic production, the conceptual approaches of the work context is determined and the boundaries of this conceptual approaches are built on reproduction, daily life, individual and social relations, body, system and transparency in daily life.

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Luca Curci – Where do you find your inspiration?
Meliha SÖZERİ – My inspiration comes from everyday life and experience in the life.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MS – The conceptual background of the works based on politics, everyday life, individual and community relations in everyday life, policy, democracy, the system, and transparency. In general there is not a great distinction between materials because of choosing the material that complies with the conceptual approach have set. Stone, bronze, metal, stainless steel wiremesh, plexiglass are used materials in the works. Nowadays, transparency in use of politics occurs in an extremely paradoxical manner. This objects and visual elements create paradoxial layers of meaning and tackle irony that are generate implication power of resistance and the transparency of shared objects.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MS – My style became more mature than before. Some ways of techniqual methods and use of different material in artworks. Last years my working methods are based on some sort of reproduction strategy. Firstly, I take three-dimensional objects. These objects are reduced to two-dimensional patterns and templates. Then they are reunited, and cut from wire by sewing. For me the most important thing is the use of transparency. The use of transparent perforated wire mesh material in the sculptures in my works dilutes objects splitting the earth into enlarged pixels or spots.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MS – Generally I pursue that the approaches forms of Contemporary Art. Because of it consists of every forms and themes of arts. According to this way the body of my works consists of replicas of ordinary objects of everyday life.

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LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
MS – “Serial No:3” artwork indicates that relationship between machine and hand-made. This work connected with the theme of the festival that using forms of sewing machine on surface. In this artwork the most important thing is that to sculpting the void. The elegance, rhythm, transparency, modularity, mounting principle, light, uprightness and sharpness of the wire material are connected with simultaneously composing the texture of this exhibition.

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
MS – I thought my last artwork’s conceptual approach was connected with your festival theme. That’s why I choose “Serial No:3” which is part of preexisting works.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MS – I think about the organization of your event consist of some good things that; determination of exhibition concept, selected artists from different disciplines and invited from different countries, have a large communication network and social media… Also, in this event, it is very important that contemporary art approaches are exhibited in Venice, which is an ancient city.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MS – I think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent for artists with different opportunity. Artist’s works could watching by an international audience and curators.

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