I hope it won’t be an exagerration if I say for many years on. In my childhood I used to associate shadows with many different things. A childish perception I would say…it’s different , as you know, as a child one has a vast imagination…it is a completely different perception and cognition of the world. I used to observe the shadows formed by the light of the lamp post outside my window. I thought that shadows of trees reflected into my room were weird creatures and I was always very scared of them. That’s how I thought when I was a child. Now shadows form one of the main elements that I transfer on canvas. As if the shadows of people, animals, lamp posts would get out of the canvas and plunge into real life in various forms… unperceivably dip into life.
There were some hints of shadows in my 10th solo exhibition in 2009.Those days I used to go to different quarters of Istanbul and tried to snapshot various images. And then I noticed that I had pointed my camera towards the ground and had shot the shadows of lamp posts, people, bus stop charts, the names of bus stops. First, I called this a travel notebook… Later I transfered few of these works on canvas. Various people in various places in the same city… I brought together their shadows. I have been thinking on this project for few years. I have always wanted to do this. And then the time came and the series of Shadows“ is already here.
On what criteria did you classify the paintings into groups of two or three ?
Do you exhibit your sculptures for the first time?
What material did you use in your sculptures? What are their dimensions ? Are they also shadow projections?
I am looking forward to seeing your exhibition. To ask my last classical question: How would you define your Istanbul by your five senses?
Tears come to my eyes whenever I cross the Bosphorus. When I leave this city I feel a sadness of a lover that has been separated from his beloved for a few days. Returning to my city revives me again.
In his song “Ne me quitte pas!” Jacques Brel says to his love “Let me be the shadow of your dog, don’t leave me!” Whose shadow would you like to be ?
If only love were like it was described in songs… Especially if only there was a love like the one in the song you mentioned… Loving somebody means feeling the fear of being abandoned. I never felt something like that. On the other hand, as a matter of fact nothing in the world belongs to us! Sometimes you are being abandoned, some times you are the one that abandones.
There is nothing like possessing something for a long time. That what is lasting is the process of creation, the producing and the ability of leaving a pleasent echo in the memory, a recollection of a nice smile. If only we could manage to live with lots of tolerance without doing harm to the others, without egoism… I would like to live without stealing anyone’s time or without being anyone’s slave. But I would not like to be alone, too… Being with Istanbul, with my daughter, the loved ones, with my shadows…
Şebnem Altuntaş was born in 1968 in Istanbul. She entered the University of Mimar Sinan, The Faculty of Fine Arts in 1986, getting her education at the workshops of Neşe Erdok and Adnan Çoker she graduated at 1990 with the best grading mark.
Her education on lithography, engravings and serigraphy techniques have intensive reflections on her works.
Şebnem Altuntaş is continuing her work at her atelier in Taksim. Her 7 th solo exhibition could be seen on 12 – 27 July, 2012 at the Çukurcuma Artist Art Gallery in Istanbul.