"Why women, why balance, why harmony?"
Throughout history, women have always emerged as an indispensable entity in every society and era. However, despite the indispensability of women, when the discrimination based on gender between women and men is examined, women have always been the ones who suffer injustice. Although women appear as an indispensable value in many societies and civilizations, it is evident that they are not given the value they deserve. Therefore, women have been caught between worthiness and worthlessness. With the hidden and overt sense of duty they assume, women exist in artistic imagery that balances societal life despite being suppressed and burdened with imposed social obligations.
When looking at tribes, nations, civilizations, or cultures throughout history, all societies have positioned women based on their own understanding or beliefs. The situation is not much different in art. Women have been the indispensable imagery of artworks throughout centuries, sometimes portrayed as embodiments of beauty, sometimes crowned with divinity, sometimes symbolizing sinfulness, and sometimes reflecting the cultural characteristics of societies.
In my works, I have addressed all the changes and developments brought by modernism to the image of women, the roles imposed on women by society, and the questioning of women's social position. I aimed to present, from my perspective, the representation of women, balance, and harmony, which have been a frequent topic of discussion throughout art history. The main purpose of addressing the theme of women, balance, and harmony in both composition and content is to highlight the fact that although women are considered indispensable in many societies and civilizations, they are still not given the value they deserve. Women will continue to exist in society as a balance, strength, love, source of inspiration, and artistic personalities, just as they did in the past, today, and tomorrow.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, believed that our women should gain civil, political, and social rights. In one of his speeches, he said, "Everything we see in the world is the work of women." With the aim of respecting the existence of women, I embarked on my works with this emphasis.
Şafak Yükseler was born in Konya in 1988. From the period when she started her education at Selçuk University Faculty of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in 2008 until she graduated in 2012, she completed her student career by receiving art education at the Anar Eyni Studio, which is a part of Selçuk University Faculty of Fine Arts. After graduation, she participated in many successful sculpture arrangement and monumental sculpture projects. In 2013, she started her thesis-based master's education in the Sculpture Main Art Branch of Atatürk University Institute of Social Sciences. Since 2016, she has been continuing her artistic works at ARTEA SANAT Monumental Sculpture and Design Studio, of which she is a founding member. The conformity of the techniques and color options she prefers in her artworks with the constructivist approach attracts attention. Her works include simplified figures in general expression, which seem chaotic from the outside but contain a simplified narrative at their core.