Galerist's presentation at Art Dubai focuses on a selection of new ceramic plates and sculptures along with a belly-shaped ceramic fountain and a large-scale tile installation that combine traditional female craft practices with Elif Uras’ critical and humorous iconography.
Elif Uras (b. 1972), creates paintings and ceramic sculptures that explore the identity and status of women, set within the shifting and confusing paradigm of East-West cultural conflict. Her sculptures are made onsite at the İznik Foundation, the historical centre of ceramics in Turkey since the Ottoman Empire. Uras’ sculptures given anthropomorphic forms are, in her own words, “a way of subverting or secularizing this tradition” where the artist reverses an abstract language and lends new meanings to it. Another important aspect of these works, beyond their appearances, is the fact that they draw attention to the widespread employment of female labour, displaying a reversal in traditional gender roles. Illustration, decoration and ornamentation are all articulated to the layers of meaning in Elif Uras’ art as symbolic languages and visual codes. She brings together the fine brush and the paint gun, and opens windows for a questioning of the cultural distinctions between the everyday and the artistic. Our presentation focuses on a selection of new ceramic plates and sculptures along with a belly-shaped ceramic fountain and a large-scale tile installation that combine traditional female craft practices with Uras’ critical and humorous iconography. Uras’s works has been exhibited at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Kirkhoff; Smith-Stewart, 9th Shanghai Biennale; P.S.1/MoMa; Mary Boone Gallery and Greene Naftali Gallery. Her works are included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ringier Collection and Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia amongst others.