Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay
While painting portals into alien worlds, dream landscapes and new realities, she devises complex stories about the nature of being. There is never just one reading of her art.
About the Artist
Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay is interested in painting the unknown. While painting portals into alien worlds, dream landscapes and new realities, she devises complex stories about the nature of being. There is never just one reading of her art. Her doodlings are like improve jazz riffs on a theme, and her work suggests ambiguity and ambivalence; she seeks new possibilities endlessly.In her paintings, the familiar and the visionary are inextricably interwoven, creating new associations like in one of her dream landscapes “Deep Blue”. Her paintings open up windows onto a universe in which narratives are reimagined; leading the viewers onto another plane of consciousness.Oscillating between representation and abstraction, her dream-like imagery is frozen in time.Her perspective engenders an indeterminacy that veers sharply from the real world. Producing works of great internal complexity, she aims at creating an artificial reality.Her figures hang in the air somewhere between free-fall and surreal suspension.The occupants of her paintings are the stuff of dreams:Cosmologies, birds of paradise, butterflies, sharks, hybrid creatures, mother nature, meditation of the derviches, angels, etc. Aiming at ambivalence, she creates complex allegories set beyond reality. Fusing an array of vibrantly painted flora and fauna, she creates an ecosystem inhabited by hybrid creatures. In a visual interplay of the familiar and the unknown, she imagines macrocosmic depths of the universe.The artist wants to open windows to other worlds, and her complex otherwordly compositions convey a strong feeling of intensity. Her sinuous flowing forms without sharp edges and animated textures are perceived as marbling.
Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay's art education started early with her art teacher mother's art lessons and art books ; progressed at the encouraging atmosphere of Lycée de Galatasaray, a major establishment in Turkish art history.She has been invited to the State Academy of the Arts when she had received the first prize at Turkish Airlines' National Art Competition among high schools, but preferred studying Business management at Bosphorus University. After working in corporate management for a decade, she started to spend part of the year in art centers, New York, Paris and London. She had also embarked in a Grand Tour in Europe like the artists from past centuries. Visiting the art galleries, art fairs, museums and examining the artworks on site, the artist had used the rich art museums and bookstores to educate herself in art; and also had studied at the certificate programs of IESA Paris, Sotheby's Institute of Art NewYork (2010) and Sotheby's Institute of Art London (2012).
Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay had her first solo exhibition "Beyond Reality" in All Arts Istanbul Fair in April 2013, and had other solo exhibitions at Galeri MCRD: "Work-In-Progress" (2014) and "Other Worlds"(2014).She has participated to the group exhibitions of the gallery, "Reflex"(2014), "Spectacular"(2015), and "Epiphany" (2015), as well as the gallery's group exhibition at Contemporary Istanbul 2014. She had a new solo exhibition at Contemporary Istanbul 2019 titled "Power" with 14 mixed media paintings.