BIOGRAPHY Derya Ozparlak Toronto-based Canadian artist working in animation, stop-motion, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Derya graduated with an Honours BFA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Anadolu University in Turkey. Her work is about navigating identities, such as gender identity, immigrant identity and discrimination, cultural Diversity and Multiculturalism, and urban transformation. Her artworks are held in corporate, private, museum and public collections. She has participated in numerous groups, solo exhibitions, art fairs, and symposiums in Canada, France, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the US, Spain, Lebanon, Germany and Italy. She is now pursuing her second BFA at OCAD University in the area of Experimental Animation.

Freeing Yourself

“Freeing Yourself” “FREEING YOURSELF “symbolizes how city life strains the mind of the white-collar businesswoman and as a result, she attempts to escape her stressful lifestyle with the aid of the colourful balloons. “It is as if the figure has lost hope in anything earthly and desires to start all over again and experience a…

Tolerance

“Tolerance” She feels empty and she’s pessimistic about everything in her life (her family / her career/everything)….. The balloons serve as an invisible tool which we hope will help her but we just don’t know…… “TOLERANCE”  2015 Medium Steel-polyester 150x70x70 cm         Tab 1Tab 2Tab 1Tab 2

Our Pathetic Perspective

“Our Pathetic Perspective” OUR PATHETIC PERSPECTIVE was inspired by Jose Saramago`s novels “ Blindness” and “Seeing” I tried to embody the beginning of an awakening phase from imposed ignorance. Everyone goes about their daily lives with blindness, whether they live in a free society or an autocratic one. Our lives are influenced by the powers…

Escape from Panopticon

“Escape from Panopticon” This was inspired by Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon concept.  In this artwork, the man realizes that he is working in a Panopticon jail as a white-collar worker and he wanted to escape from the “prison”. It is a corporate prison in his mind.  He realizes that everything is organized by somebody and when…

Colorful Lies

“Colorful Lies” It is a podium which is covered by colourful microphones which all represent the different lies that people are told by the media and politicians. The podium was exhibited in the museum of Elgiz Proje 4L in Istanbul Turkey. The significance of these colourful microphones is that all these people are bombarding the…

Preference

“Preference” In this piece which I called Preference, he’s in an existential phase in his Life. I’ve positioned Him in such a way to embody that of a baby being held by a Doctor after the Mother has given birth. With this position, He can take a deep breath again to continue a Long Life.…

The Deranged

“The Deranged” THE DERANGED is about the self-awakening and coming to one`s senses phase of a well-educated, high level, white-collar businessman, stuck in the wheels of the capital system, he realizes that he has actually been wearing a straight jacket. The past tends to imprint its tracks on our lives holistically. In this case, his…

Ego

“Ego” In this artwork, I shifted my focus to EGO I opened up his belt and hung him from there. The belt symbolizes Manpower / Power and the Ego that goes along with it…. He releases himself from this which is why his belt has been loosened. Title “Ego” 2018 Medium Steel, 100x33x33 cm