Zeynep Şemin’s “Spring” exhibition blooms with vibrant colours

After the “Hidden Pony” and “Face Book” exhibitions at Mercure Gallery in previous years, “Spring” has become the new chapter for contemporary artist Zeynep Celik Semin.

Simien narrates her artistic journey: First, she attempted to take a critical approach to traditional rituals such as the dowry offering by highlighting the forms of our cultural memory kept in boxes in The Hidden Dowry.

She then went into detail about these figures in the “Face Book” exhibition and wondered about their influence on women with portraiture and the subjects of portraiture in the Seljuk era.

Finally, I was influenced by the work of the painter Kara Mimi, the artist of his contemporary era at the spring exhibition. Her artwork used the Kara Mimi school of spring branches and nature style. She abstracted this style back with practical artistic practices. Her artwork includes unique semi-stylized flowers and other paintings that stay true to traditional artistic practices.

Kara Meme was the chief painter of the Ottoman palace during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Let’s hear “A Tale of Spring in the artist’s own words:” While visiting the exhibition, we started with six paper works that I completed by adhering to the practices of mural painting at the starting point. Right next to it, we see artwork that I’ve reanalysed using the op-art technique. These artworks communicate with each other. There are six main works where I interpret flower petals. Finally, I’m done with Photoperformance.”

One of the artworks by Zeynep Celik Semin. (Photo courtesy of Zeynep Celik Semin)

“In this show, I am showing one of the flowers I have drawn as a live flower in a vase. I will be photographing this flower with Instax every day in the gallery area at the same time, just like an Impressionist artist. At the bottom of my plaid and its output, I note how many days it lives, and so on during Watching the flower’s life process together, I invite the audience to question the notions of the permanent and the temporary.

She said that the preparation period for the exhibition took 2.5 years. Fortunately, it’s time to share these thirty-eight works of art with the leading art.

You can see a cheerful color palette in the “Spring” gallery: warm pinks, blues, and relaxing shades of turquoise. Magento pink is at the forefront of the show. Cimen completed her artwork in a pinkish-purple manner during the exhibition The preparation period before “Viva Magenta” was announced as the color of 2023 by Pantone – the shadow authority in the art world.

flowers in front

Carnations, anemones, roses, irises, cherries, tulips… The fair is like a bouquet of fresh flowers. What does spring mean for the artist then? Çimen reminds us of the representation of flowers. The pollination period, which symbolizes reproduction and beauty, has appeared in almost every period of art history.

Like Botticelli’s “La Primavera” and the importance of plant anatomy in the history of art, or the works of Imogen Cunningham … More recent examples could be Georgia O’Keeffe and Damien Hirst. In addition to flowers in paintings and photography: Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, innovative and influential photographers, used flowers as moving objects.

One of the artworks by Zeynep Celik Semin. (Photo courtesy of Zeynep Celik Semin)

Zeinab decorations

Its motifs are the motifs that we can see in our daily life and culture. We can see it in historical places such as mosques and churches or we can recognize it even from our grandmother’s homes. Although some say that these motifs are reminiscent of Matisse’s artistic attitude, they prefer to call them “Zeneb motifs”.

According to her technical understanding, old and obsolete are two different concepts. Like decorations, some things never get old but stay in our memory. The motifs include dreams, hopes and expectations and represent the aesthetic taste of the period.

On the other hand, she states that life is a balance between permanent and temporary things, as Baudelaire noted. Especially in modern times, talking about cultural purity is impossible. Furthermore, for traditions to survive, some people must be willing to uphold them. Motifs change amid constant change.

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