Merve is an artist born in Istanbul. She graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University as a ceramic artist in 2010. Merve is co-founder of “Choke Jungle” where she started to design ceramic jewelry. Some of the works there were featured by renown magazines like British Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
She also started working on collage projects since 2012. In this form of art, a piece of art is made of different parts, creating a new artwork. Özaslan creates new visual stories while she uses old black and white photographs and combines them with pieces of nature.
A form of collage may include cutoffs from magazines or newspapers , decorations, paint, pieces of colored or handmade papers, parts of other artworks, text, photographs and found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. Collages originate hundreds of years back, but the technique was dramatically reintroduced in the 20th century from Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and it developed to be a significant piece of modern arts.
You can see some of her attractive artworks below.
Özaslan’s artworks are simple but fascinating. What is mesmerizing at her work is the fact how the perceptions of two overlaid photographs collide to create a perfect harmony. The contrast between monochromatic and colors creates a drama that is visually pleasing. Her collage series titled Natural Act contains a number of collages that are inspired by questioning the relation between nature and humanity. According to Özaslan ”It’s basically a critical presentation referring to the fact that each of us is part of the nature. It seeks the answer whether greed, urbanisation, mechanisation and detaching from the nature is favourable or coherent for human or not. In that sense natural act appears with its all colors when our emotions are paralysed in the vital points of the cliche and dull city life.”
You can also find her artwork in her website: Merve Ozaslan