Nilbar Güreş, Baş Üstü (Overhead), 2010, C-print, 59 x 39 1/4". From the series “TrabZONE,” 2010.

Nilbar Güreş

Galerie Martin Janda

Nilbar Güreş, Baş Üstü (Overhead), 2010, C-print, 59 x 39 1/4". From the series “TrabZONE,” 2010.

Blood trickles from a potted plant into a puddle of water lapping at a blow-dryer. A magician’s hat floats above the dryer’s electrical cord, from which razor blades, revolvers, and a bottle of poison rise into the air. Farther to the right, we see a stage curtain, a folding screen, a dark and ghostly creature in an armchair, cockroaches, a sea horse. All these details have been painted in textile inks with a fine brush on various fabrics that have then been sewn onto a large piece of dark-blue cloth; some are fragments of fabric stitched onto the backdrop. This piece, Artist’s Home Studio (all works cited, 2013), illustrates the “life of an artist,” as Güreş told me. The left portion of the work is about death and, more specifically, suicide. The right side pertains to the artist’s perception of herself. The roaches, for example, are symbolic of inner worries that make her

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