Untitled No 12 // Ilknur Demirkoparan
Ilknur Demirkoparan is a Turkish-American transmedia artist. Her interdisciplinary practice, spanning across a variety of media, evokes the baffling and often bizarre narratives of identity and otherness. Demirkoparan holds an MFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Art from University of California, Riverside. She is the recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Max H. Gluck Foundation fellowship awards. She is also the cofounder of Postcollapse Artists Network. Demirkoparan lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
In her current body of work, she journeys through the abstract language of Turkish Kilim; a craft historically practiced by women artisans. By tweaking the generative algorithm of her digital paintbrush, she disperses the iconic hard-edged, geometric motifs into patterns of scattered dots and recreates them as paintings and sculptural objects. For her, this is a journey of coming back to reckon with one’s own sense of self; an act of weeding out the social, political, and economic impositions of her contemporary time.
You’ll be able to see more of Ilknur’s work during our upcoming Open Studios on March 20th and 21st!