Art Edition 5: Day 13 – Interview with artist Gunsu Saracoglu

Gunsu Saracoglu

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am making art for my World Science Week Art Show which takes place from November 7-14, 2021 at Facebook Art Museum. My mixed media digital art depicts the unprecedented wild fires of Turkey this past summer and its impact on birdlife. 

Parallel to the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), I hope to draw attention to climate change, which is warming our earth, fueling wild fires, absent adherence to the Paris Agreement. Climate change has an impact on biodiversity which is key to the stability of the ecosystems such as forests, rivers, grasslands and coral reefs, birds that we rely on for ecosystem services – food, arable land, clean air and water. Losing species is the same as taking bricks out of wall, one by one – eventually, the wall will collapse, the ecosystem will die. To humanity, the collapse of ecosystems means loss of fisheries, fertile land and drinkable water.

How has this year been so far, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

With the pandemic, as an artist I paused which gave me time to review all my work so far and then identify the topics and the medium that I wanted to pursue my art in the most unlimited and free way. 

I took lessons to learn digital art and prepared two digital art shows which I launched last month for World Migratory Bird Day on October 8th.

World Migratory Bird Day Art Show “Deep Impression” by Gunsu Saracoglu

I also launched a month-long art show “Perfect Balance” at the Facebook Art Museum for Urban October which began on World Habitat Day on October 4th and ended on World Cities Day on October 31st when United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) began.

What do you hope to express in your “Perfect Balance” and “Deep Impression” digital art shows?

In my ” Perfect Balance/Deep- Impression” digital art exhibitions, I compiled the first examples of my mixed media digital art work, which is a combination of using technology, photos, paint and paintings I made over many years. I believe that my mixed media digital art work represents my efforts to adapt well to the current reality in the fields of technology and art and express my views on the topic of urbanization, climate change and its impact on nature. I focused on birds since they migrate around the world and live collective life styles. Their survival is globally impacted by climate change. 

Perfect Balance by Gunsu Saracoglu

What are your plans for the future?

I have always enjoyed working with different materials by studying and combining traditional painting materials. With the pandemic, I switched to digital art. This provides an important opportunity for me to reflect my ideas on the work and to convey what emerges from this to large masses. I plan to develop more in the field of digital art and share my work with a wider audience.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

They can view my work from my social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram, as well as from my ubiverse and talenthouse accounts. In a short time, they will have the chance to reach me from my web page, which I continue to edit.

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