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SELIN BALCI

SELIN BALCI

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Artist Work

Contamination 28
2013
Microbial growth on boards
60x60"
The World
2013
Microbial growth on board
24x30"
Anthropogenic
2018
Pigment print and mold in Petri dishes
Anthropogenic (detail)
2018
Pigment print and mold in Petri dishes
Bordered World
2014-15
Mold in Petri dishes

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Phone
240-623-4042
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I explore the theater of human conditions and its effects to our world in a cultivated, living environment; the Petri dish. This environment serves not only as a vivarium for mold but also as a living studio. By constructing a landscape simultaneously natural and artificial, Petri dish provides a platform on which I act as a curator and creator. In this artificial ‘world’, I stage global problems; conflicts, forms of power, political pressures, immigration, racialism, dominance, predation, pollution, contamination, and massive consumption. Merging traditional mediums with highly patterned and colored mold, I create lushly visual and interactive biological landscapes. Although, mold is unwanted, toxic, hazardous and dangerous, in my work, mold becomes a metaphor of human actions and motives.

Artist Bio

Selin Balci explore the theater of human conditions and its effects to our earth in a cultivated, living environment; the Petri dish. This environment serves not only as a vivarium for mold but also as a living studio. By constructing a landscape simultaneously natural and artificial, Petri dish provides a platform on which Balci act as a curator and creator. In this artificial ‘world’, Balci stages global problems; conflicts, forms of power, political pressures, immigration, racialism, dominance, predation, pollution, contamination, and massive consumption.

Balci’s many accolades include the prestigious College Art Association (CAA) 2012 Professional-Development Fellowship, So-Hamiltonian Fellowship in Washington, DC, 2013-15 Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Prize Finalist Award, Smack Mellon's Hot Picks Artist Award and recently, she has been selected as a finalist for Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA). Numerous galleries have mounted solo and group exhibitions of Balci’s work including the Hamiltonian Gallery, DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), WPA (Washington Project for the Arts), ConnerSmith Gallery, Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C, Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in NY. Balci received her BSc from Istanbul University, BFA from West Virginia University and MFA from University of Maryland.