The backbone of Elvan Alpay’s artistic practice is the colourful floral and animal patterns used in the background of her canvases. Flower and leaf motifs made with acrylic on polyester film are seen as layers. The artist defines the three-dimensional protrusional patterns that are both concealed and apparent as “wall sculptures” which are made from polyester on account of it’s ability to stay intact without changing shape and is resistant to external factors such as liquid, tearing and does not deform. The artist interprets her multi-coloured compositions that include reptiles, birds, frogs, leaves and trees, as “visual poems”. These surreal universes constructed in three-dimensional works provide the viewer with nature’s healing and relaxing aspects. Alpay’s works created with different colours and compositions remind us of the therapeutic relationship we need to establish with nature for a colourful and peaceful world.
While the titles “Game Over / Let’s Play” given by the artist to her exhibitions make a subtle reference to the social and political order we are in, “Biophilia” reflects the wish of an end to this endless stumbling of stumbles and a more humane beginning.
Elvan Alpay (1968, Ankara), graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts in 1990 and completed her master’s degree in 1992 at the same university. Alpay’s solo exhibitions include Kıraathane İstanbul Literature House, Galeri Nev İstanbul, Ankara Galeri Nev, Paris Galerie Les Mondes de L’art and group exhibitions includeIstanbul Pera Museum, Gallery Nev Istanbul, Istanbul C.A.M. Gallery, Sotheby’s London İstanbul Atatürk Cultural Centre, Istanbul Gallery BM and Istanbul State Painting and Sculpture Museum. Her works are in collections such as QNB Finansbank (Istanbul), OMM- Odunpazarı Modern Museum (Eskişehir) and Yıldız Holding (Istanbul). Alpay currently lives and works in Istanbul.