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Rene Women Interviews 0009: Deniz Pelister

In this insightful interview with Deniz Pelister, the acclaimed artist shares her journey, inspirations, and creative process with Rana of Rene Homes. From the profound impact of everyday life and her trip to Africa on her art to the unique approach of portraying facial-featureless portraits using letters and words, Deniz provides a glimpse into her artistic world. The interview delves into the influence of motherhood on her perspective and the integration of global issues like the conflict in Gaza into her work. Deniz also discusses the shift in her workspace from a dedicated studio to her home and the role of online presence in connecting with her audience.

For a deeper understanding of Deniz’s artistic evolution and her thoughts on parenthood, world events, and the creative process, continue reading the full interview below. As she reflects on her artistic journey and provides advice for aspiring artists, Deniz expresses her commitment to continue painting and creating, envisioning a future where her works reach people worldwide.


Rana: Your art is inspired by everyday life objects and your trip to Africa. Can you share specific experiences or objects that have had a profound impact on your work?

Deniz:I am deeply affected by people, and for a very long time, I have found myself unable to resist observing them and predicting their lives. My portraits draw inspiration from this observation, and I enjoy blending topics and concepts that captivate me in daily life.

R: Your signature style involves creating portraits without facial features, using letters and words. What led you to this unique approach, and what message do you hope to convey through it?

D: My art production consists of various experiments and series inspired by these experiments. For many years, I focused on creating family portraits, incorporating family members and household animals into the portraits. I continue to apply the techniques I developed during that time to my new works.

R: How has your home served as your art studio, and what benefits do you find in having your creative space in this environment?

D: Previously, I used to lock myself in a room converted into a studio solely for my production. After Leyla was born, that room became hers, and I moved my workspace to the living room of my house. I hang the works I am currently working on together on a large wall, allowing them to be constantly visible and easily accessible, providing an opportunity to implement ideas that come to mind. I used to enjoy spending hours in seclusion working on my art, and working without a set schedule throughout the day also appealed to me.

R: In what ways has motherhood expanded your perspective on life and relationships, and how does this broader view influence your artistic expression?

D: Right after becoming a mother, I needed to start working on my solo exhibition. During that time, when everything was still fresh, and I hadn’t fully grasped what was happening, I worked 8-10 hours a day. After the exhibition, I took a break from the intense pace and started spending time with Leyla, so I can’t exactly say how much impact this had.

R: Many artists find that the responsibilities of parenthood bring a sense of purpose and inspiration to their work. Can you share any personal anecdotes or moments that illustrate this for you?

D: Being a parent adds a new dimension to one’s personal experience, and this consciousness served as a constant source of motivation and energy during my work.

R: You mentioned that world politics issues, such as the conflict in Gaza, deeply affect you. How do these global events find their way into your art, and what kind of statements do you aim to make through your work?

D: The level of what has been experienced has long surpassed the limits of humanity, and witnessing it shatters one’s trust in humanity. I believe that everyone is affected when creating anything, not just in artistic production. I see that these feelings are reflected in my work, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly.

R: Online presence plays a significant role in the art world today. Can you share how your online presence has helped you connect with your audience and promote your art? 

D: I think for contemporary artists, this can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. The openness of interaction can reach dimensions that can be hurtful, and we must be prepared for it. However, creating a world that followers of my work appreciate motivates me.

R: Can you describe a particular artwork of yours that represents your artistic journey, drawing inspiration from your life experiences and concerns about global issues?

D: I can’t say that I am directly inspired by a specific work, but I avoid not thinking about and drawing inspiration from the aspects of the work I communicate with. In my own works, it is possible to see echoes of artists who have produced in different disciplines at different times.

R: What advice do you have for aspiring artists who, like you, are self-taught and want to create meaningful and unique art?

D: First of all, I would like to thank you for your words. I believe that what you said emerges and integrates into the work when you live it, and that’s why I think engaging in what you love adds value to human life.

R: With your diverse sources of inspiration, can you give us a glimpse into your creative process, from the initial idea to the finished artwork?

D:This usually happens in very different ways. Sometimes a composition I’ve been thinking about for a long time is completed with an idea, and I want to transfer it to the canvas as soon as possible. Sometimes it’s a process of small touches that lasts for years. I can say that these practices make each painting unique.

R: Looking ahead, what are your upcoming projects and artistic goals, and how do you envision your future as an artist?

D:I want to continue painting and creating. In terms of the future, initially, I see myself where I want to be. Of course, it will also make me very happy for my works to reach people in different parts of the world.


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