Feeding from diverse historical and cultural references in her works, Elif Uras hybridizes various traditions connecting painting to ceramics that she’s been working with for a while. The artist transforms these traditions in search of a new language.
Exploring ideas of shared heritage, cultural hybridity, tradition and pluralism, The Source features a functioning ceramic fountain, a tiled wall, and new drawings presented in ceramic frames. An extension of Uras’s spatial explorations, her panel composed of 2500 mosaic pieces stems from Çinili Köşk (Tiled Kiosk) in Istanbul. Her anthropomorphic sculpture is a feminized version of the fountains in the Ottoman Imperial garden. In dialogue with the goddess figure in her fountain, Uras’s works on paper portray female protagonists presenting us with their gifts.
Recalling the artist’s interest in different artistic practices before her, The Source also underlines natural resources such as water and light that connect with ceramics in Uras’s works. Her first presentation in Istanbul since her 2016 solo exhibition at Galerist, this installation transforms a historical space that has previously been used as a storage and a shop, attributing it a new function.