Yasemin came from away, landing in the Vancouver area on the West Coast of Canada with her family as a child. She has been on excursions around and back since, but now, she’s home in the Southern Gulf Islands on Galiano, British Columbia.
I can't help but wonder if the reason I make art today is similar to the reason that as a child I brought icecream buckets and margerine containers full of frogs home. I caught mice, snakes, lizards, turtles; found and kept domestic animals. My father, at one point when they were leaving to travel, cautioned me, "no more animals, this is NOT Noah's ark". I think through the animals I was trying to find understanding, companionship, to keep something of the treasures I found in the world around me, for myself. Like taking a photo of something I'd seen and keeping the photos that spoke to me and stood out in some way. By framing them and hanging them on the wall. The animals in my art are a way for me to relive what I find and connect with in my world. It is a way for me to bring animals home, without bringing them home.
Through my art I am toying with, exploring something, as a way to savour it; to see it / experience it in a new way. I may re-create something that was (as a kind of homage to it) and maybe create something new from the old even. Like a new tree growing out of an old stump... I can play on the canvas, so that I might have something to enjoy while I'm making it and to reflect on later. I liken making art to putting together and making a recipe in the kitchen. If it works, I can savour it and later share it with others to enjoy.
Finding inspiration for my art in the environment is my way of connecting with the world around me; perhaps the things I create are a way for others who are drawn to my work to connect with me. What do you see? Can you see me there on the page / canvas, where I've left my marks? What in the piece can you associate with / relate to?
Now, as when she was a child, she continues to explore her world with her senses, her eyes, her camera. What can she see? What will be her next inspiration point? The child in her is still alive and well. It goes out and feels the nature it sees. She hungers to find a creature in her environment. She knows they are out there. But will they reveal themselves to her? Will she be able to discover / uncover them? Such is her exploratory adventure, whether outside or in her studio. Her art / photos are a representation of a fleeting moment and sometimes also a summary of everything that has brought her to that point, recording her world in a way that she is able to look back on it, remember it. Relive it. Her art is an expression of something that is or was important to her. Maybe even a synopsis of her innner psyche at that time and to that point.
Her art is a representation of the things that have held or hold her attention. Like a menagerie of things that have caught her interest; then she tried to capture some piece of that feeling to take home with her, like the dog in the pet store window...
b. 1965, Stockholm, Sweden | Currently residing and working in the Southern Gulf Islands
University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991
Vancouver Community College, Langara Campus, Diploma of Fine Arts, 1988
2019/111-12 The Galiano Library Show, Solo
2019/07-09 Whaler Bay Studio / Gallery, Galiano Island
2019/06-09 Galiano Island Studio Tour
2019/06 BC Ferries Art Display, the Queen of Cumberland
2019/04-06 Pop-up Show at the Sturdies Bay Bakery & Cafe
2019/03 The Buttercup Gang, Artist’s Cooperative Show
2019/02 The Yellowhouse Art Centre, Print & Photo Show
2019/01 The Log House Lodge Winter Art Show & Sale
2018/12 The Yellowhouse Art Center, “Reclaiming Daydreams”
2018/10 BC Ferries Art Display, the Queen of Cumberland
2018/10 The Yellowhouse Art Center, DrawCtober
2018/09 The Yellowhouse Art Center, Green and Blue
2018/08 The Lions Club Art Show
2018/08 BC Ferries Display, Salish Eagle
2018/07 Tour Des Isles, Southern Gulf Islands
2018/07 BC Ferries Display, Queen of Cumberland
2018/05 The Yellowhouse Art Center, Galiano Island
2018/04 Festival Active Pass, Mayne Island
2018/03 Works on Paper, Federation of Canadian Artists, Granville Island
2018/02 The Love Show, Portraits of Your Passion, Semiahmoo Community Centre, W. Rock.
I won 3rd place for my horse drawing “Copper & Wine”.
2017/08 International Pencil Art Society, Canada, Online Juried Exhibition.
My art work was 1/60 chosen from an international pool of competitors.
2017/07 Canada 150 Art Show, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver
THRIVE Mastermind Member, Vancouver
Pencil Art Society Canada
UK Pencil Art Society
Pencil Art Society of America
Federation of Canadian Artists
Southern Gulf Islands Art Council
Pursuit of Excellence