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Ayse
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“Ayse is a force of nature, I have never seen anything like her”; Alan Tsang artist, BBC Big Painting Challenge Finalist
“I was in “the Room”, wild and human. Thank you”; a member of the Audience

 

Ayse was photographed and included by the legendary photographer Chris M Saunders for his exhibition, Shine A Light, as one of the leading underground avangarde artists based in the North at the Sensoria Festival 2019.

Ayse is a Turkish immigrant, woman and audio visual performance artist. She has worked in various mediums painting, video, photography, dance and performance in installations and on stage. Since 2013, her work explores the relationship between unresolved tension and UnBelonging. She uses devised performance, sound, words and visual projection to start conversation around interpersonal and global dramas. In 2015, She was commissioned by ArtsReach- Counterpoints Arts in “A Journey of UnBelonging”, multi-media performance piece, aimed at changing the public perception about what it means to be seeking sanctuary. In 2017, “ The Room”, an audience participatory live performance piece, in 2019, with a short film, “Voice”, I expanded on these themes . As an audio/visual installation The Voice explored the struggles of migrant artists ways of expressing themselves, commissioned by Arts On The Run, became part of the official selection for the Oregon Film Festival. In 2018, her "Landscape of Emotions" mix-media abstract painting was long listed by the Evening Standard. In 2020, She worked as a cultural commentator for Migrations Matter Festival. Her visual and painting portfolio led her to exhibit work at places such as the Moscow Modern Art and the Royal Arts Prize. In 2018, during my artist residency in Peru with Trelex Amazon, with soundscapes /photography installations, “Spaces That Hold Memories”, words and music become a large part of my developing multi- media work. In 2021, I released 2 spoken word music piece with international labels, Dancetool and BigRoom.

 

Currently she is performing her solo show "Canine Teeth, R&D Process is supported by the Arts Council National Lottery.  Her recent short film "Drew In Wild" is supported by the Film Fund Sheffield.

She graduated from Chemical Engineering, BS, University of Ankara and completed her masters degree, MBA in 2013, Yildiz Technical University Istanbul, Turkey.

Ayse is currently based in Sheffield, UK.



A powerful show about managing the expectations of being a woman.
    

One Woman Show In Theatres

Engaging and impactful 

My work is concerned with female empowerment and female relationships and 

aims to break down taboos particularly in traditional societies through projecting emotional and mental inter conflicts of women in oppressed environments. My projects aim to explore and deliver the emotional conflicts and interactions through fusing story telling on stage and on screen with collage abstract animation, landscapes, portraits with film, symbolism and spoken word / music.

 

There is an urgency now to bring up often overlooked issues in personal, interpersonal relationships and family dynamics centred around women. 

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