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Arzu Akgun (Turkish, b. 1970)
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Arzu Akgun (Turkish, b. 1970)

Model 1

Arzu Akgun (Turkish, b. 1970)
Model 1
signed and dated 'Arzu Akgun 2012' (on the reverse)
mixed media on wooden panel
63 x 67in. (160 x 170cm.)
Executed in 2012
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Lot Essay

'I am metamorphosing my paintings that I developed by benefitting from practicing woodblock printing, by carrying the figures into the third dimension. I believe that the contrast composed by the color palette, cold and translucent colors with the wood's organic warm texture creates this three-dimensional effect for the painting. At this point, the process of the encounter between the composition I formed and the wood happens spontaneously.

The theme of my paintings are formed by how today's society leads an individual consumption and how it makes one feel that they can exist only by consuming. Furthermore, they explore how society presents all the consumer goods after having aestheticized them and how it put individuals into pre-determined aesthetic patterns. We turn towards consumption and aesthetic things with spontaneous wishes that exceed selfcontrol. Today's socio-cultural and socio-economic attitude offers us this kind of lifestyle.
Basic functions of our daily life are turned into consumption products. The creative process in my exhibition arises from those consumer goods. I want to emphasize the connection that I built with the objects and individuals by using the existing elements and shapes (such as showcases, shopping centers, etc.). I introduce make-up products and aesthetic female figures as objects of passion into my paintings, hence using the rich visual layer of those consumer goods. My intention is not to some changes on it or to use it for an original purpose.'

(Arzu Akgun, 2012)

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