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.

The Reality

“The Reality” In Turkey, this is a game and the object of the game is to shoot balloons and receive a reward in return. The reward is a pack of cigarettes.  Colourful balloons represent many things to my freedom, shackles, lightness and illusion but to watch them being shot is painful. They float real balloons…

Take Me Away

“Take Me Away” “Take me Away” 2018 Medium Steel-Polyester 150x70x70 cm   There’s no relationship between the two of them, they could be co-workers or peers.  They are pushing each other to stay positive. She is worse than Him and has lost her drive. But sometimes He’s worse off than her. Somehow they keep each…

Liminality

“Liminality” This represents the idea of being in the in-between called Liminality The string of the balloon is hanging from his tie which serves as a representation that He has given himself to the dark side of the system. The tie itself symbolizes the businessman. It’s almost as if an invisible hand holds him by…

Decision

“Decision” She is hung from her arms in a captured position – sometimes people are often interrupted in their decision-making process. She feels captured and unable to think freely.  As humans we are often concerned about what other people are thinking and if they talk to much. About “DECISION” 2016 Medium Steel- Polyester 30x10x10 inches

Leave The Land

“Leave The Land” Her intention was to leave the land and start a new chapter in her life but she can’t escape her past troubles. I placed her upside down and hanging from her toe to symbolize that she’s just unable to escape. The balloons and string serve as shackles to her life. About “Leave…