Deniz Sagdic, a Turkish Woman Who Transforms Everyday Life

Denize, originally from Turkey, lived since she was little in a world surrounded by the creation, and handling of materials that her father, as a glassmaker, made special cuts in her workshop, which amazed her eyes as a child. An uncle turned the wood into sculptures and carpentry work, and her aunts, like dressmakers and tailors, transformed the fabrics into wonderful dresses and suits.

The Woman Post | Maria Claudia Londoño

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When it was time to decide on her studies, she enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Mersin, Turkey, which was quite obvious due to the family environment in which she had grown up. Upon graduating, she opened his first studio in Istanbul, where in the beginning, she produced works in traditional techniques such as canvas, oils, and acrylics, as is usual for a recent graduate of Plastic Arts.

According to what Deniz expressed to the Turkish site Dunyabizim, referring to traditional techniques, "This type of art had an elitist attitude that attracted a certain social segment", "More precisely, classical art forms, such as oil painting, have attracted to a certain type of society from the past, I understood that it was necessary to find different solutions to bring art closer to a much wider audience”.

Precisely her reflections about the limited opportunities that are offered to all social classes and the real impact that she wants to generate with her works, led her to venture into the careful and planned assembly of everyday items, which are usually discarded from our social environments, family, and industrial. This is how she ventured into the use of denim or denim, using wasted jeans, which she cuts into pieces in various ways according to the image on which she works. Deniz explains that fascination for denim, with these words: “Imagine a man-made product that is easily adopted and used by the youngest to the oldest regardless of cultural or economic status, country or geography. In our history of civilization, where even skin color can be disassociated, unfortunately, there is nothing like denim that has eliminated all borders. For me, denim is a unique way of reminding people of what is in their essence."

And it is that purely human expressions, such as artistic ones, precisely transcend beyond the production itself, where aspects such as discrimination, ideologies, ethnic groups, creeds, geolocation, and political or economic interests do not intervene, becoming the most authentic and clear.

The topic of using waste is in vogue on our planet, and this artist presents us with new ways of doing it, which could be an inspiration for a venture or business model for women entrepreneurs or community leaders globally.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that this artist could not be oblivious to the sad moments that her country is going through and the tragedy that natural phenomena have represented, earthquakes and landslides that have taken thousands of lives. And so, she generated works that reflect her homeland's pain. With this article, The Woman Post somehow shows its solidarity with the Turkish people.

What do you think of her proposal? Have you thought about how to use the waste in a different way than going to the garbage receptacles? We invite you to share your opinions on our website or networks of The Woman Post!

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