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Sera Boeno

Sera Boeno

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Artist Work

Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough); Monument VI, Ornaments VIII-XIII
2019
Installation (Concrete, bronze)
Ornament XI: Scold’s Bridle with Hataîs, Tulips and Wild Flower Motifs
2019
Bronze
7.5” h x 6” w x 4” d
Ornament XIII: Heretic’s Fork with Rumî Motifs
2019
Bronze
7” h x 5” w x 6” d
Ornament XII: Scold’s Bridle with Palm Crown
2019
Bronze
10” h x 4.5” w x 3” d
Ornament X: Manual Breast Pumps with Rumî Motifs
2019
Bronze
(left) 5” h x 4.5”w x 3”d (right) 5”h x 4”w x 3” d
“Kelimeler Kıyafetsiz (:Words Naked/Are Not Enough)” - Caryatid Performance
2019
Performance in installation, with objects.
45 minutes

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
857-272-5500
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Silenced 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.

Artist Bio

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.