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BELGİN YÜCELEN 

 

Belgin Yücelen is a sculptor and an installation artist. She studied sculpture at the Florence Accademia D'Arte in Florence, University of Colorado Boulder, and the Art Students League of Denver. Her work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in United States and internationally. She is being represented by galleries in the United States and in Europe.

 

Her art is a poetic response to specific issues, current events and disappearing moral values. It is a way to herish the present moment and our past. She aims to create aesthetically beautiful, compelling and thought provoking art in a simple and quiet manner.

 

Belgin Yücelen seeks to create awareness of certain values. For example, her bronze sculpture series Journey of a Thousand Years is about self-knowledge. In her Words installation, which includes an audio element, she was encouraging people to listen to each other more. In Floating Children, a collaboration with photojournalist Brian Rutter, the installation featured transparent fabric that had been printed with photographs of Syrian children and hung from the ceiling so that the images appeared to float; it was her way of speaking to the fragility of children in times of war.

 

She also uses her art to preserve and promote her culture. Her last two solo exhibitions, Clothes from the Past and Ethereal Shoes, were intended to bring history to life by creating sculptural clothes and shoes based on styles that were previously in vogue in Turkey.

 

She was formally trained as a sculptor and has also learned how to paint, make jewelry, and printing. Her expertise in each of these areas contributes to the others, in terms of design, material selection, and technique. She does not confine herself to the knowledge she has already acquired. When a certain art form is the most suitable way to materialize an idea, she invests time in mastering it.

 

She is a recipient of grants and fellowships including the 2017 Fellow selected by the Clark Hulings Fund for the Business Accelerator Program and the Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation, 2017. Art reviews and interviews were published on her artwork in Fort Morgan Times, Pittsburgh Articulate, The Tribune Review, Les Femmes Folles, the Daily Camera, Chicago Reader, The Examiner and Reporter Herald. She also gave a number of presentations on art, art history and her art inspirations.

 

Artist Statement:

 

My art is a way to cherish the present moment and our past. It is a poetic response to specific issues, current events and disappearing moral values. I aim to create aesthetically beautiful, compelling and thought provoking art in a simple and quiet manner.

 

Art provides the imagery that allows me to present my ideas. My art changes depending on what I want to say, and its form is dictated by the subject matter. It could end up as an installation, sculpture, print, movie, or audio.

 

Art needs to be beautiful, but beauty can come from ugliness as long as it is presented poetically.