ABOUT AYLİN YAVUZ
Aylin Yavuz (born 18 June 1983) studied art at universities of Siegen, Dortmund and Istanbul. Since 2005 she has been making contributions to the arts with videos, graphics and paintings. Besides art she is also giving lectures and conducting workshops at universities, museums and schools. She lives and works between Düsseldorf and Istanbul. In her drawings and paintings Aylin Yavuz incorporates aspects of the present, filtered through a postmodern and aesthetic approach, which leaves room for the viewerʼs own imagination. The body-lines depicted, in their simultaneous and harmonious composition, yields abstract forms. The work comes together into a kind of net, based on the idea that everything is connected thus functions in the end as a signpost within the body of work. Nodal points are sometimes set using color elements or representational body part objects, such as genitals, hands, breasts. Aylin Yavuz lends the body and its sexuality a certain irony and a touch of humor. She accomplishes this through the selection of positions, associations, and the exaggeration of the symbolism of various objects in addition by contrasting color spaces.
The artist’s concept is based on the idea that everything is connected, even if it does not always appear obvious at first sight. Because of her immigrant background, she uses oriental fruits and nuts, such as pistachios and figs as a tribute to the oriental culture in her works.
But these elements are only the gateway of the picture. On the picture’s surface, she connects clearly drawn body silhouettes with areas of color. These are combined in an exciting process of stratification, the construction and deconstruction to create a composition, which often results in a kind of landscape – body landscapes.
Linking and connection points in the image now function as a kind of guide through the image. The body and its attitude are an important part of the work. Depending on the position and arrangement, they give the image a somewhat restrained yet thoughtful light-hearted mood. Sometimes bodylines are connected with typographic elements or completely replaced by them.
"A million times," "Again," "Resist" have become a phrase of communication of our time between people, they also reflect the creative artistic process of adding and then painting over again, the constant interaction and tension between the artist and the canvas or paper.
"White," says the artist "provides space to ponder," which means free, light areas in the image space, producing the effect of calm and seclusion. With this aesthetic approach, the artist leaves space for the beholder’s imagination. Connected to the simultaneity of the line in the form of writing or body silhouette and color area, which creates lightness and gives the beholder the necessary freedom to move around within the landscape image.