Last Thursday, the Spirit Room held a reception and artist talk for Tülin Özsisli’s exhibition, “Fargo Days,” currently displayed in Gallery II. Originally from Turkey, Özsisli is currently a visiting scientist at NDSU’s entomology department.
Her artist statement says, “My painting style is similar to my scientific research… When I begin the research, the experience takes me somewhere. Sometimes trees and houses emerge together. Sometimes the brush strokes seem like meaningful figures. Regardless of the outcome, the emerging creation will be a key and preliminary study for my next approach.”
Özsisli’s work has previously been featured in group exhibitions, including this year’s Crow Show in the Spirit Room’s Gallery I.
“This is the first solo exhibition,” Özsisli told the attendants at her artist’s talk. “That’s why Fargo is very special for me. I made all these paintings in Fargo. I think I made almost ninety paintings in the time I have been in Fargo… If I had an exhibition anywhere, I will note down that these paintings were made in Fargo, US.”
These abstract paintings—made with acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel, and dry paints—contain bright colors and elaborate shapes. Some of them have simple titles inspired by the colors used, like “Yellow and Purple” and “Golden Honey;” other titles provide an interpretation of the assembled shapes and colors, such as “Pink Flowers” and “Yellow House.”
A common theme in her work is connection, as several pieces feature different shapes connected by lines. Her oil painting “Family,” for example, shows four green circles linked by curved blue lines. The acrylic painting “Expressions” has five yellow-and-purple oval shapes connected by looping purple lines.
Visible brushstrokes made in rapid succession can be seen in pieces like “Between the Obstacles,” an acrylic painting made up of both curved and straight lines, ranging from dark purple to bright yellow. Several lines are darker on one end and faded on the other, which shows the paintbrushes running out of paint.
Özsisli explained, “The reason for choosing different mediums like acrylic, dry paint, watercolor, oil paint, for my paintings, is difference in application techniques. Particularly the quick brushstrokes in my work are a prominent part of my style.”
“Fargo Days” is on display at the Spirit Room until May 5.