On the Sixth Day of Turkish…Ayca Telgeren

Ayça Telgeren, Pinocchio, 2006, Acrylic on canvas, 46.1 x 35.4 cm.

Ayça Telgeren (b. 1975) uses her own childhood memories and her experience as a teacher in Istanbul as the subject matter of many of her works. Through their slouching postures and defiant stares Telegren has imbued these young girls with power. The muted background allows the figures to dominate the composition. Whether Pinocchio is an actual memory of Telegren’s or not, she has captured some of the trials of growing up that resonates within many of us.

Looking at Pinocchio transforms me into an awkward and anxious young girl. I am transported to a bus stop and these three girls approach me. Sweat begins to prickle on my forehead as I nervously fix my glasses. I sigh and think to myself, “It’s going to be one of those days.”

Come see this work and others by Telgeren in the exhibition A Dream…but not Yours: Contemporary Art From Turkey opening February 12th.

About the Author- Breezy Diether is currently an education intern at NMWA.