This exhibition presents the works of Meral Öner, an artist from Ankara, who works with artistic ceramics and, through workshops and exhibitions, popularizes this traditional Turkish craft. The works of the author were presented, among others, in Ankara, at the Centre for Contemporary Art in 2012 and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 2013.
Meral Öner’s works are inspired by classic Turkish ceramics from the time of the Ottoman Empire, created in such cultural centres as Iznik and Kütahya, which flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries. Ottoman ceramics was distinguished by a high artistic level, clean, intense colours and complex plant and geometric patterns typical of Islamic art.
Meral Öner, inspired by those classic patterns, gives ceramics her own style by processing classic decorative motifs and giving them new, modern forms and making these objects not only decorative, but also functional.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a workshop on ceramic tile painting, which will be conducted by Meral Öner on 18, 19, and 21 August.
Organizers: Yunus Emre Institute, The Asia and Pacific Museum
Honorary patronage: the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
Curator of the exhibition: Karolina Krzywicka