OZLEM KALMAZ
Art Market|Issue #60 June 2021
THE ORGANIC MOVEMENT

Åahmeran / Organic textile / Organic series / 110 x 160 cm / 2021 Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

Self Portrait. Organic Textile Material. Organic Series. 70 x 80 cm. 2020 Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

Organic Pomegranate / Organic textile / Organic series /60cm /2019 Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

''Organically certified materials, which are more commonly heard in the food sector, will now be helping to create paintings. I wanted to support human health and the environment with a different approach by using organic materials in the artwork. My purpose is to create a financial grant and support means among future organic certified materials using the artist community to the foundation that I dream of establishing in the future. The foundation will be educational and will be supporting orphans and youths as well as aiming for the development of certified organic paintings. I am only using organic certified fabrics and yarns for the organic material technique and excluding all types of chemical dyes in my artworks.

Transformation.Organic textile, Tea & Coffee etc. Organic series. 130 x 150 cm. 2019 Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

OZLEM KALMAZ Transformation

''In my Transformation artwork, the woman's face symbolizes transformation with her face's flu and clear sides. The sewing marks on the heart symbolizes herself stitching her wounds and her journey from psychological abuse to peace. The settings of the woman in a bruised lemon and her breakthrough to the light was another symbolism that I used to refer to the journey of the psychologically abused women. In my self-portrait painting, I tried to address the controversy of pure feminine stance by suppressing the women's emotions by referring to that transformative journey with the zipper on the woman's mouth. Previously in 2015, I participated in Bodrum Biennial, which protested rape, violence, and abuse of women.

Transformation.(Detail) Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

OZLEM KALMAZ

Ozlem Kalmaz borned in Izmir in 1980. In 2002, she obtained her B.A. degree from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Education Department of Fine Arts and Painting Crafts Teacher Education. After obtaining her B.A. degree, She lived temporarily in the U.K. In 2018 she received a master's degree in Fine Arts Education and Painting Crafts Teacher Education from Dokuz Eylül University Graduate School of Education Sciences Department of Fine Arts Education. She is currently continuing her studies in the Ph.D. program at Yasar University Department of Art and Design.

Portrait of Nietzsche. Organic textile. Organic series. 60cm. 2020 Ozlem Kalmaz © All rights reserved.

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