Trained as a painter Gulay Semercioglu creates craft heavy installations, paintings and drawings. Her practice combines diverse materials. The silver core industrial wire has become her signature material. For three decades she has been working with this material that conveys duality: Sculptural and painterly; feminine and masculine; east and west; arts and crafts; ancient and high-tech. 

Born in Istanbul (1968), Semercioglu’s roots goes back to Anatolia. 

Semercioglu researches how traditional visual patterns and visual language shapes our perception. Her practice investigates traditional forms in Islamic and Anatolian art, in ancient civilizations that lived in Anatolia like Seljuk Empire. She is fascinated by these motifs on rugs, kilims, carpets, tiles, architecture and their relationship to Womanhood and family. Semercioglu investigates womanhood in these abstract representations and questions what it means today to the viewer. Patience, repetition, tradition, loyalty, happiness, family, fertility is some of the themes around these motives.

Gulay Semercioglu, b.1968, Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey 
Major exhibitions include; Desire to Survive, Pi Artworks, İstanbul, Turkey (2019). Artist In Their Time, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey The Power of Form, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); The Woman on the Wire (solo), Pi Artworks London, UK (2015); Sublime Porte: An Exhibition of Contemporary Turkish Art, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in New York, USA (2013); Variations on Line (solo), Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2012); Dream and Reality, Istanbul Modern, Turkey, (2011); Abbara Kadabra, Mardin Biennial, Turkey (2010); and Istanbul Next Wave, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany (2009). Major collections holding her work include; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Centene Centre for Arts and Education, Missouri, USA; Quinn Collection, Los Angeles, USA; Cocca Art and Design Institute, Coimbatore, India; RAK Art Foundation Collection, Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain; The Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE; Sheika Fatima Suroor, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Wheelock Collection, Hong Kong; Michael and Saniza Collection, Hong Kong; Him Collection, Singapore; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; and the Papko Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey.

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