The Earthquake Series

Inspired by my fascination of doodles, landscapes and my experience of being in the earthquake that shook Istanbul in 1999. These paintings became my exploration of form, doodles and abstraction within a traceable mediterranean landscape.

Artist Statement | 2000

This body of work is about my perception of the earthquake that took place in Istanbul in 1999. Looking at it from one angle, the one of fear, happiness (for surviving) and sadness (for those who died).

These landscape paintings are (in my own way) defaced with doodles. These doodles are metaphors for the earthquake, in the sense that, they are both destructive… However, my images are also of hope, the landscapes -though defaced- still stands out unaffected by the doodle’s force and draws the viewer into the picture. This is my own happiness, maybe even my denial of the event – it did not happen, the land did not crumble, and in my eyes it will not crumble. Although it shook my life and so many others I am slowly beginning to come to terms with what happened, what I went through and I know I will not get over it completely as I still re-live the emotions in certain situations. I was lucky, I survived and so did my family, I did not lose anything precious to me unlike the unfortunate ones. Maybe this is why my paintings are of hope, hope that anyone, including myself won’t live through this again; that everything will be fine, but things rarely turn out as we wish them to… But I still hope…

Exhibited: 2000 | Degree Show, University College Chichester | Chichester Open Exhibition

In Private Collection: Oxford, UK

Available to buy

Earthquake 1 £2150.00 + postage & packaging
Earthquake 2 £535.00 + postage & packaging

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