Turkish artist, Yasemin Kackar Demirel was born in Istanbul, received her MFA in DeKalb (IL), and currently lives in New York. Her work is a fragmented and reconstructed journey through the places she has lived and traveled, both real and imagined.
According to Yasemin, her latest series: “Explores the rise and fall of places through physical and emotional conducts. I like to work with random juxtapositions of places in nature and the urban environment and re-present them in puzzling and surprising contexts. Shifting between abstraction and representation, I explore and experiment with the push-pull effects between the concepts of longing vs. apathy, insecurity vs. comfort, order vs. chaos, unfamiliarity vs. belonging and stability vs. ephemerality.” Yasemin has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Turkey. Her work is also in the Ipek-Ahmet Merey Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey.
About Yasemin Kaçkar-Demirel
Yasemin Kaçkar-Demirel captures the emotional aspects of architecture through chaotic, fragmented cityscapes. Using inks, watercolors, pastels, resins, and paints, Kaçkar-Demirel reveals the essence of a scene through color, shape, and pattern. She removes cityscapes from their original contexts and reconstructs them to build a narrative, enhancing and embodying the memories associated with such places. In warping and destroying the physicality of specific locations, she reimagines and enhances their emotional and psychological associations and crafts new identities. Her scenes achieve harmony and equilibrium through a balance of opposites; she finds comfort amid insecurity, order amid chaos, and representation amid abstraction. In doing so, she aims to create a fluid and spontaneous viewing experience that allows for personal engagement and subjective associations.
Turkish, b. 1978, Istanbul, Turkey, based in New York, New York