Deniz is a mixed-media artist who loves to tell her stories in three dimensions. Born in the sunny coastal city Izmir known as the “Pearl of the Agean”, she earned her degree in engineering & economics and embarked on a professional career. She is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art 16 years ago to express her creative side and never looked back.
For Deniz, art begins with prompts from nature – objects found along the sea and lake shores, forests, fields and meadows. As she gathers these objects, she visualizes connections that might exist with the viewer or how each object might be related to another. Her works are a delicate balance of small treasures that are fitted to tell the story. She loves giving new life to old and once loved objects – she is fascinated by the way their history adds to the detail and uniqueness of each piece.
A proud member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, Deniz co-curated and installed more than 40 art shows since becoming a member in 2009. She continues to exhibit through the city in private galleries. During Covid days she created seven websites for online group art shows & artist galleries and several art books for other artists. Her “Deniz in Musroomland” series is exhibited at Latitude 44 Gallery in the Junction all year around.
“The Creative Adult Is The Child Who Survived”
Throughout my life I have also been a self-guided student of the natural world, poetry and stories. I see objects as forms of visual poetry. Through them I seek to speak to my viewers quietly, often whimsically of the beauty of earth. As I gather materials with which to work, I consider what connections might exist between us, or how each object might be related to another. I give a nod to the past and incorporate my interpretations to the medium. Each piece of the series becomes an engineering challenge, still very delicate and gentle nature.
Hidden under our feet is an information superhighway that allows plants to communicate and help each other out. It’s made of fungi. So my message is we are all connected. We are more resilient when we are together.