Collection: Ilgın Erdem

She was born in Adana/Turkey in 1971. She graduated from Çukurova University, Faculty of Education, Department of Painting - Business Education, Graphics A.S.D. in 1993. Between 1993 and 2012, she worked as a painting teacher in a private institution. Since 2012, she has been continuing to work in her own workshop. The artist, who opened her first solo exhibition at the 2006 A.Ç.S. Art Gallery in Adana, has participated in many domestic and international exhibitions with her works.

The Artist, who is affected by the reflections of the society she lives in, determines the main character as a woman in her works. Instead of looking for perfection in them, she tries to compose the feeling of lived experience. By reconciling the relationship of her works with each other and with time, she creates an atmosphere within itself. As in every artist; her works have a sense of color and timbre. By examining the overlapping of these color nuances, she aims to reflect the spiritual inner world of human beings. As for contrasting and striking colors, she uses variations of yellow, aiming to bring stasis and sadness to the foreground. The grey tones that the artist uses dominantly from time to time in her paintings are in order to reflect the pessimistic mood of the 21st century and the depression period of this era. The artist carries this approach to different disciplinary perspectives as well as her oil paintings.

Ilgın Erdem makes the following statement about her art in her manifesto: "One of the characteristics of human existence is to dream and to have the ability to approach the images created intellectually. Human beings who dream when they are alone are very strong and free. They are unlimited, uninhibited and bright. When individuals come together, they create the desire to experience happiness in the spiritual sharing of their dreams. While dreams built on the power of love turn into life, sometimes they are metamorphosed and become lonely. What lies behind the disappointment that is recycled is due to the loss of freedom of fragile visions. As a result, some individuals find themselves under self-control with sorrow. Their dreams turn into fragile visions in loneliness. When the desire to exist as an individual turns into a dependent life, the desire to get rid of the spiral of fragility is oppressed and fragile visions begin to turn into fragmented lives. This is the transformation of the desire to live freely in the dull gaze. For a woman, this transformation means losing the joy of living, losing her motherhood, her love, the stars she clings to in her dreams. The 'heartbreaks' of the free bodies in the mortuary turn into broken glass, and by creating her own lantern for years, she creates a new life that she thinks is liberation. Her body bleeds, her soul bleeds, her visions bleed, her dreams shatter... The red ribbons that appear from time to time, the sad dull looks on the yellow skin, the grey birds that cannot be released, the grey seeds and the transparent fragile visions fit the eyes into the life created by the bodies inside like “weaver birds” in a long process..."