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Belgin Yucelen

Joined Artfinder: May 2016

Artworks for sale: 26

United States

About Belgin Yucelen

 
 
  • Biography

     Creating is a sacred call for me, a responsibility to peruse myself, to communicate my inner-self and evoke a form of consciousness. 

     The process of art making is a revelation for knowing who I am. To make sense of a feeling, I search for forms. From these forms, I create imaginary worlds that help conjure unrealized possibilities. When the viewer recognizes her own experiences in these imaginary worlds I create, my art becomes a sense making tool as encountering feelings and experiences similar to ours validates them.

    I can only create the view from my own window manifested by my hands. With each story I tell, or feeling I express, I aim to start a communication through which I meet with my viewer, and other viewers meet within the space only art can create, dissolving the separation between us, and across time, distances and cultures.

    In many aspects of my life, including objects I own, words I use, and my art, I aim to assume meaning with less. In my artmaking, I use a soft voice, almost an understatement with silences, and pauses which create spaces of ambiguity where the viewer can escape from the limitations and complexities of a well-defined subject. By presenting a mere hint of the story, I evaluate the possibility of art to provoke seeking for emotions. Through the act of revealing or concealing, similar to a fenced garden which partly obstructs the view, the viewer stays longer to find out what is hidden behind. This also empowers the viewer to imagine and make their own aesthetic choices and personal interpretations.

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  • Education

    2015 - 2015

    Florence Accademia D'Arte in Florence

  • Awards

    2017

    Clark Hulings Fund for the Business Accelerator Program

    2017 Fellow selected by the Clark Hulings Fund for the Business Accelerator Program

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    2017

    Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation

    Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation, 2017

    2014

    Gallery Choice Award, Women’s Works 2014, Woodstock, IL

    Gallery Choice Award, Women’s Works 2014, Woodstock, IL

    2014

    Winner of the Expo 33 Competition 2014, New York

    Winner of the Expo 33 Competition 2014, New York

    2009

    1st Place Award for Sculpture

    1st Place Award for Sculpture, 2009, Colorado Artists Guild Juried Exhibition, Event Gallery, Denver
  • Upcoming Events

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    Event: Semblance

    Dates: Nov. 1, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020

    Venue: Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

    The solo exhibition Semblance consists of sculptural garments portraying a past culture’s sophistication in a contemporary form. Costumes of a period depict the status of the people, and their traditions. On an individual level, clothing is a visual metaphor for identity. This communication through the language of clothing epitomizes our modesty, social status, and addresses the themes of place, memory and family and opens up possibilities for disguise.

    The Turkish-American artist Belgin Yucelen created these garments based on clothing worn by Turkish women and children in Anatolia and Europe from 17th to 19th centuries to bring back and portray her own culture. While creating this series, she had referred to miniature paintings and literary sources. The dresses are made of copper, brass and stainless steel together with materials she had gathered from around the world. The techniques she had used to decorate the dresses are traditional embroidery techniques from Turkey and India,

    Event: BARED Exhibit: The Art of Bras & Breasts

    Dates: Aug. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2017

    Venue: Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

    BARED Exhibit: The Art of Bras & Breasts, featuring 19 artists from BARED, the anthology. Belgin Yucelen's "Who am I" bronze sculpture will be displayed.

    Event: Artful Fashion National Exhibition

    Dates: May 6, 2017 - May 27, 2017

    Venue: Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD

    The Allegany Arts Council is set to host Artful Fashion, a group exhibition featuring pieces by artists who create unique artwork for the human body, including jewelry, accessories, and clothing for men and women. Among the featured artists is Belgin Yücelen, a 2017 CHF Business Accelerator Fellow who creates sculptures, monotypes, clothing, and shoes. The show will include Belgin's Robe with Colors of the Night and Gold Froggings. The show will run from May 6-27, with a public reception on May 13, from 6 to 8pm.

    Event: Clothes from the Past

    Dates: March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

    Venue: Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL

    Clothes from the Past Installation
    Costumes of a period portray the status of the people, their traditions and the sophistication of a culture. I created garments similar to the ones worn by Turkish women and children in Anatolia and Europe from 17th to 19th centuries in a way to bring back and portray my culture. I referred to miniature paintings and literary sources to understand the styles of the time and studied the Ottoman textiles to create the embellishment on them.

Links


Education

2015 - 2015

Florence Accademia D'Arte in Florence


Awards

2017

Clark Hulings Fund for the Business Accelerator Program

2017 Fellow selected by the Clark Hulings Fund for the Business Accelerator Program

Show more awards Hide

2017

Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation

Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation, 2017

2014

Gallery Choice Award, Women’s Works 2014, Woodstock, IL

Gallery Choice Award, Women’s Works 2014, Woodstock, IL

2014

Winner of the Expo 33 Competition 2014, New York

Winner of the Expo 33 Competition 2014, New York

2009

1st Place Award for Sculpture

1st Place Award for Sculpture, 2009, Colorado Artists Guild Juried Exhibition, Event Gallery, Denver

There are no upcoming events

Show previous events Hide previous events

Previous events

Event: Semblance

Dates: Nov. 1, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020

Venue: Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

The solo exhibition Semblance consists of sculptural garments portraying a past culture’s sophistication in a contemporary form. Costumes of a period depict the status of the people, and their traditions. On an individual level, clothing is a visual metaphor for identity. This communication through the language of clothing epitomizes our modesty, social status, and addresses the themes of place, memory and family and opens up possibilities for disguise.

The Turkish-American artist Belgin Yucelen created these garments based on clothing worn by Turkish women and children in Anatolia and Europe from 17th to 19th centuries to bring back and portray her own culture. While creating this series, she had referred to miniature paintings and literary sources. The dresses are made of copper, brass and stainless steel together with materials she had gathered from around the world. The techniques she had used to decorate the dresses are traditional embroidery techniques from Turkey and India,

Event: BARED Exhibit: The Art of Bras & Breasts

Dates: Aug. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2017

Venue: Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

BARED Exhibit: The Art of Bras & Breasts, featuring 19 artists from BARED, the anthology. Belgin Yucelen's "Who am I" bronze sculpture will be displayed.

Event: Artful Fashion National Exhibition

Dates: May 6, 2017 - May 27, 2017

Venue: Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD

The Allegany Arts Council is set to host Artful Fashion, a group exhibition featuring pieces by artists who create unique artwork for the human body, including jewelry, accessories, and clothing for men and women. Among the featured artists is Belgin Yücelen, a 2017 CHF Business Accelerator Fellow who creates sculptures, monotypes, clothing, and shoes. The show will include Belgin's Robe with Colors of the Night and Gold Froggings. The show will run from May 6-27, with a public reception on May 13, from 6 to 8pm.

Event: Clothes from the Past

Dates: March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Venue: Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake, IL

Clothes from the Past Installation
Costumes of a period portray the status of the people, their traditions and the sophistication of a culture. I created garments similar to the ones worn by Turkish women and children in Anatolia and Europe from 17th to 19th centuries in a way to bring back and portray my culture. I referred to miniature paintings and literary sources to understand the styles of the time and studied the Ottoman textiles to create the embellishment on them.


 

Biography

 Creating is a sacred call for me, a responsibility to peruse myself, to communicate my inner-self and evoke a form of consciousness. 

 The process of art making is a revelation for knowing who I am. To make sense of a feeling, I search for forms. From these forms, I create imaginary worlds that help conjure unrealized possibilities. When the viewer recognizes her own experiences in these imaginary worlds I create, my art becomes a sense making tool as encountering feelings and experiences similar to ours validates them.

I can only create the view from my own window manifested by my hands. With each story I tell, or feeling I express, I aim to start a communication through which I meet with my viewer, and other viewers meet within the space only art can create, dissolving the separation between us, and across time, distances and cultures.

In many aspects of my life, including objects I own, words I use, and my art, I aim to assume meaning with less. In my artmaking, I use a soft voice, almost an understatement with silences, and pauses which create spaces of ambiguity where the viewer can escape from the limitations and complexities of a well-defined subject. By presenting a mere hint of the story, I evaluate the possibility of art to provoke seeking for emotions. Through the act of revealing or concealing, similar to a fenced garden which partly obstructs the view, the viewer stays longer to find out what is hidden behind. This also empowers the viewer to imagine and make their own aesthetic choices and personal interpretations.

 
 
 
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