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66 ARTIST PROFILE Seçil Erel

Seçil Erel

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olour, texture, light and layers are all main components in Seçil Erel’s visual language, her paintings reflecting modular systems found in nature; combining to create imagined spaces that resemble many openings or portals. Her works attempt to harmoniously blend Eastern and Western elements, while contemplating on the here and now; providing a gateway to replacing the past and the future in conversation across the culture. Erel’s process sees her using multiple layers of paint on a single surface to construct the image; adding, removing, hiding and transforming what is seen. Masking tape is a key medium in her painting method, using it across layers and then stripping it from the canvas; preserving it to

The clarity of acceptence, 2018, oil on canvas, 125 x 200 cm

create a collaged composition from the partially painted strips of tape. Often the artist makes multiple square units that fit together to make the whole, rather than multiple layers on a single large surface, and in addition to her oil paintings and works on paper she creates installations using light-boxes. Now based in London, Erel gained her BFA and MFA in painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, Istanbul. Her work has been exhibited internationally in both group and solo shows. Her most recent solo exhibition, ‘A Separate Reality’, was shown at Milli Reasürans Art Gallery, Istanbul. secilerel.com secil@secilerel.com

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