Lale Delibaş's conceptual art focuses on the circle of life and existence. She uses sleep as a metaphor for death, also as a strong expression of the tragedy human beings experience when trying to distinguish the reality from the dream. In her stop-motion animation Fake World, Delibaş’s purpose is to approach the concept of life and death from a wider perspective by employing the wood’s meanings related to rebirth and soil present in a variety of doctrines.
About the Artist
Curator İpek Yeğinsü examines the themes and motifs of Lale Delibaş ’s work and the context in which it was made:
In her stop-motion animation Fake World, Lale Delibaş focuses once more on the key concepts of her artistic journey, the circle of life and existence. Her choice of Pinocchio as the leading actor is meaningful. Like her fellow artist Balca Arda’s cyborg, Delibaş’s character is neither a living individual nor an artificial being. Although he is bound by the society’s rules to the point of having his nose grow longer when he lies, he will always remain a puppet and will never be accepted as a real human being; although its existence is under doubt, his willpower is punishable. Moreover, the character the artist created by scratching out the paint on the found wooden object is radically different from what we are accustomed to see, coloured and polished. Delibaş’s purpose is to approach the concept of life and death from a wider perspective by employing the wood’s meanings related to rebirth and soil present in a variety of doctrines.
The white void in which Delibaş positions her Pinocchio is a vague place. Here the character coexists with his reflection; it is nearly impossible to distinguish one from the other. Delibaş exploits this uncertainty to ask the question “which one is fake, which one is real” for the world we live in and the other world, and to underline the cause-effect relationship between them. On the other hand, throughout Fake World Pinocchio is asleep. The relationship between him and his reflection is constantly being redefined as he involuntarily turns in his sleep. Sleep, the state of living most similar to death, is a metaphor deliberately used by the artist whose works often contain philosophical symbols; it is a strong expression of the endless tragedy the human being, unable to distinguish the reality from the dream, stuck in between this world and the other, has to go through. İpek Yeğinsü
Lale Delibaş is a conceptual artist who holds an MFA and a BFA degree in Painting from from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty. Her first solo exhibition “Lamekân” was held at the Istanbul Mac Art Gallery in 2008. Delibaş was among the artists hosted at the Istanbul Art Center by the Borusan Culture and Art between 2008 and 2009. The artist's conceptual works have been exhibited in the “Mind Models: The First Show”, which was the opening exhibition of Borusan Music House curated by Necmi Sönmez. In 2009, Delibaş represented Turkey at the International Mardin Contemporary Art Biennial. In 2010, she exhibited her works at the UNESCO exhibition in Paris. She also had her solo exhibition “Beyaz Resimler” at Gallery Nev Ankara. She continues to exhibit her work in Istanbul.