Dead Flowers

Some thoughts by Yasemin Nur

Over the years, my journey has evolved from pure drawing on paper to an exploration of textiles and engraving, combining my interest in drawing with the process of creating on fabric. Initially captivated by drawing flowers - capturing their ephemeral beauty as they wilted on my table - this repetition became a fundamental aspect of my work. My current focus is on transferring these motifs directly onto fabric, transforming them into large-scale pieces reminiscent of curtains, imbued with the essence of life's daily rhythms and tones.

I merge printed elements from paper with fabric. The pieces feature both black and white and colored prints, initially starting with simple pencil drawings-sourced from a pencil, the kind you might find at a local grocer. As the process evolves, I add colors and depth to each piece.

This transition also includes engraving, where I prepare plates for printing on the fabric. That includes experimenting with metal plates in copper or silver, creating forms that echo my drawings, further blurring the lines between different mediums and forms of expression. After that, when the fabric is printed I continule to draw on that fabric. A focus on the practice of drawing related to calligraphy exercises from Ottoman culture, called 'mesk'. My workspace is dominated by a long tablecloth that serves as a canvas for my thoughts, drawings and writings - a living diary of my experiences and observations.

For a long time, my work has been a solitary journey, reminiscent of a hafiz-a dedicated scholar in Islamic culture. Sharing my works marks a turning point, transforming this, solitary quest into a shared voyage.

Yasemin Nur


1976In Istanbul geboren
1998Bachelor in Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Department
1998-2001MFA Master of Fine Arts in Mimar Sinan University Painting Program
2000-2002Teilnahme in MFA program in Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York
Ab 2001Academic labour in Painting Department in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Painting Department
ab 2001Academic labour in Painting Department in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Painting Department
2006Doctorate in Fine Arts program in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
2006-2013 Member of AtılKunst artist group
Ab 2013Collaborations with director Emre Koyuncuoğlu in theatre and performances

Solo Exhibitions

2024"Frameless" / Galerie Françoise Heitsch, Munich
2019"Imbat Ambit" with Dora Economou / Galerie Françoise Heitsch, Munich
2016"Was fehlt dir?" / Galerie Françoise Heitsch, Munich

Group Exhibitions

2017"In The Blink Of A Bird" / DEPO Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey