Recently, I've been drawn more to alternative techniques of image making, rather than exclusively printing or photography. I've been creating drawings and paintings based on my specific environment. Some are focused on the one-hundred year old building I work in. A majestic school building, complete with columns and arched windows and old marble floors. In places, these floors are cracked from the pressure of thousands of students and teachers footsteps as they hurry to class, the library, the science labs. These cracks create a history and a mark on this huge stone building, and a sort of a topographical landscape when viewed from above.
Waking up on New Years to the news of yet another horrific terror attack in my city. This time, right down the road from where I live, at a nightclub I've passed hundreds of times. After a December of bombings and insecurity, I am filled with sadness and uncertainty for the future. Will we stay or go?
Immersing myself in the topography of the city, meditating on the colors of my palate as the water flowed on the page creating land masses, highways, and, of course the Bosphorus Strait, was calming and healing on this first day of 2017.