Artist studio in Istanbul
A visit to Gunseli Kato’s studio
I’ve had an interest in Gunseli’s work for some time time now!
Gunseli and I first met in Dubai 3 years ago, and I was instantly fascinated by this woman, (even before knowing she was a renowned, established Turkish artist); her hair color, her style, her clothes, and her mannerism.
In Istanbul for CI, I finally got to visit her at her studio. After a stroll through Nisantasi’s beautiful streets, before one of the days at the fair, I was greeted with some tea and delicious Turkish sweets, which we then enjoyed inter lovely garden before taking a look at her paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, and other artworks. Too bad there was no room for one of her amazing performances (in acting, music, and dance)!!!!!
Gunseli is an artist with many facets, and for her art is more about interaction; “Today, the function and the meaning of art exhibitions and performances are just based on liberating the viewers from the audio-visual captivity designed by electronic media and its upmost characteristic of making them withdrawn from real life. It would be a privilege for a viewer to interact personally with the artist and the work of art, to watch the composition with other viewers together and express his/her own impressions freely. There is a clear-cut difference between to experience the feeling -which could be pleasure, agitation, fear or exhilaration- of viewing an art project and to watch the series of compositions flowing down electronically on the screen. The first one is a process without any mediator, direct and more suitable to human nature; the second one, actually, is an electro-magnetic process which transforms the human nature to a ”melted” substance. Each human being is still free to choose between thes two and protect his natural urges” - an excerpt from Gunseli’s website.
With a strong Japanese, Turkish, and Islamic influence in her work (She studied, taught, and lived in Tokyo for many years) and her love for horses in particular, Kato’s sculptures, drawings and paintings are a compilation of this merging of cultures and traditions.