Belgin Sahin

Artist's Statement

The problems of women in general and the contemporary predicament of women in our times constitute one of Belgin ?ahin’s main themes. The artist strives to catch instances of this predicament over the entire human spectrum, extending from profound agony to naive sentimentality, from ruthless separations to childlike joys. The transition from one instance to the next is not very difficult, and indeed, as we see, they may all well be intertwined.

It is not such a long way, in fact, from the woman who has been exalted into the status of a goddess through overemphasis on her sex appeal, to the the woman who has been beheaded and emptied of substance. This is particularly true for societies that still feel the effects of sex discrimination. It is this tension which underlies the recurring images of innocence and sorrow.



A graduate of Robert College (1972)  and the Bosphorus University‘s Faculty of Business Administration, Marketing Department (1976),  Ms. ?ahin became a ceramics artist in 1999 following a successful career in real estate, creating her works at the Robert College BizimTepe Alumni Club in 1999-2000.  Between 1999 – 2008, she continued her work in ceramics while at the P?nar Ye?ilada ceramics atelier, and studied sculpting at the Güler Güngör atelier between 2006-2008.  Between 2008-2010, she expanded her base in sculpting and ceramics in California, USA, developing her skills in the following areas of study:

- California Santa Barbara City College Continuing ed. Classes 
- Clay modeling: Exploration of water based clay and its application to sculpture’  
- Wood carving
- Decorative techniques for pottery

The artist, who works from her atelier in the winters and on the island of Bozcaada during the summers, focuses primarily on the themes of women, innocence and the Anatolian heritage.


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    You and Me. 38x69x15cm, Mixed Media, 2012.
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    Untitled. 40x23x17cm, Ceramic, 2014.
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    Untitled. 35x25x25cm, Ceramic, 2012.
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    Untitled. 135x25x20cm, Mixed Media, 2012.
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    Baby Steps. 30x25x35cm, Ceramic, 2012.
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    The Spring Within. 43x30x30cm, Mixed Media, 2011.
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    Got the Blues. 28x30x30cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    My Cat & Me. 32x20x20cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    ”Cassandra”. 55x18x18cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    ”Cassandra”. 55x18x18cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    “Agony”. 16x25x15cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    Untitled. 30x18x18cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    “The Trojan Women”. 38x20x18cm, Ceramic, 2009.
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    Untitled. 54x18x18cm, Ceramic, 2007.


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