Artist StatementSilenced topics –politics, sex, religion, psychology, trauma– are central to my artistic inquiry. I explore these topics by re-placing the personal and finite within the universal and perpetual. I seal in wax and catalog memories; I make objects out of experiences with mental illness; I sculpt news stories of victims of “honor” killings; I install women’s relationships with their bodies on walls; I erect stele from misogynist quotes by Turkish politicans; I collect small, intimate bits of information, and re-contextualize them in larger discourses. This transformation of particular, evanescent stories into public, enduring narratives is a constant in my work; the subject matter varies.
Sera Boeno (1991) is a sculptor and installation artist from Istanbul, Turkey. Her praxis is research-based and heavily influenced by the socio-politics of her motherland, Turkey. Narratives of and around women in historically silenced topics –politics, sex, religion, trauma– are central to her work. Concrete, metal, wood, found objects make the foundations of her practice. Boeno holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College with in Neuroscience and Studio Art, and an M.F.A from Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art with focuses in curatorial practice, critical studies and art education. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Hamitonian Fellowship and Amalie Rothschild '34 Award for her work. Boeno has worked in various creative projects between Turkey, Japan and the United States. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD.