Deniz Turan

Published: 23.04.2021

I was born in Izmir in 1983. After completing my undergraduate education in Public Administration at Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, I moved to Istanbul in 2005. I took technical courses at the Maden Contemporary Jewellery Studio in 2015 and conceptual courses at the same studio until 2019.


It is an invaluable source of inspiration for me that every single moment of our lives and all that we come across is open to interpretation and to re-creation in different forms. As for contemporary jewellery, it is an area where I have the freedom of working regarding materials, subjects, techniques and interpretation. In contemporary jewellery, it is often the first requisite to separate feelings from thought and one must ask questions and seek what lies beyond. And for me, the most meaningful implication of producing in this area is that any outcome is valuable as it has a soul, regardless of the material value of the material used.
From this point of view, my tendency to produce works that would reveal my own point of view against the current perceptions of the concepts: value and valuable which are always open to debate turns this creation process into a stance for me.

Isolated Bride, 2020
Isolated Bride is a work which I have imagined a bride who becomes isolated compulsorily at her own wedding in these hard days. I have tried to express “meaning attributed to objects” and also “meanings which change conditionally” by way of the isolated bride.
The concept of “precious” which all of us rethink in the pandemic period is the most important reason why I have prefered freezer bag and toilet paper instead of tulle and lace as materials for this “veil-mask”.

Deep Inside of Me, 2019
"Deep inside of me" is a collection inspired by patterns and poems of Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, the famous Turkish painter and poet.
My ultimate desire for this collection is to say something beyond our body: the physical form of existence, something about our soul and our spiritual scars caused by various reasons. For this desire, “Deep Inside of Me” is a celebration of the losses of each one of us and the gap remained somewhere inside us after such losses and our unspoken words for them. It is my way of celebration and respect.

Despite, 2017
“To keep going despite all the unexpected, compelling and hurting struggles, storms of life, to choose to keep going… and to believe in hope and its glittering existence…”
“Despite” is a projection of the sentences leaked into my soul through the book called “The Dispossessed”* during the time when I was struggling to find a way out despite everything.
My self-realization journey has mediated the creation by the soil despite everything, and the hope has
created the crack it will spring out from, again by itself. 
*The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin, 1974

41, 2021
As in some cultures, in Anatolia, people believe in the power of good energy-laden breath as they believe in the healing and protective power of words, colors and numbers.
Today, still, many people make various charms, amulets or talismans by using such elements for good luck or protection against bad luck.
This work is a shadow-copy of a charm that my grandmother made for me when I was a child. She used to make it by using a piece of blue fabric, red thread and forty-one black sesame seeds and of course her own good energy-laden breath.
Therefore, this work includes a little “emergency kit” for good luck that you can see the materials which I’ve used them to make the charm.

Hard as Cotton, 2021
In a huge uncertainty that coincident with my 38th age, an effort to find a remedy for the distress that increases from day to day,  avoiding to get lost in waiting that like a big black hole.
I had to wait. When I was waiting… touched the colors, just played a game.
There was nothing better that I could do to heal my soul.
That’s the story.


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Exhibition  26 Sep 2021 - 06 Oct 2021  Shape of Nature 2021. Selected artist list announced.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2021 - 01 Mar 2021  Munich Jewellery Week 2021 - Online.
Exhibition  15 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020  Breath/Nefes.
Fair  10 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Athens Jewelry Week 2020.
Exhibition  26 Oct 2020 - 30 Nov 2020  Now, Jewelry Links.
Kameleon Concept Store and Galllery, Istanbul, Turkey.
Exhibition  01 Apr 2020 - 01 Apr 2020  Mask - Virtural exhibition.
Galeria Alice Floriano
Exhibition  05 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020  Jewelry Links in Istanbul.
Han of Design, Istanbul, Turkey.
Fair  10 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2019.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019  Jewelry Links in Barcelona.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2019 - 10 Nov 2019  Jewelry Links in Istanbul.
Fair  22 May 2019 - 29 May 2019  Athens Jewelry Week 2019.
Exhibition  12 May 2019 - 18 May 2019  Gioielli in Fermento 2019.
Exhibition  02 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019  Collectiva Meeting International Exhibition 2019.
Porto, Portugal.
Fair  23 May 2018 - 30 May 2018  Athens Jewelry Week 2018.
Exhibition  13 May 2018 - 27 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Exhibition.
Award giving  13 May 2018 - 13 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento 2018 Winners.
Award  13 May 2018 - 28 May 2018  Gioielli in Fermento Award 2018 8th edition.
Exhibition  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Jewelry Links in Valencia.
Design Week Turkey/Beyond Design, Istanbul, Turkey.
Exhibition  14 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2017  Amber Trip 2018, International Baltic Jewellery Show.
Nothing to Declare - Litexpo Exhibition and Congress Centre, Lithuania.

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Magazine:  Munich Jewelry Week. Current Obsession:  2021
Catalogue:  Collectiva Meeting International Exhibition 2019. Collectiva Gallery:  Porto,  2019
Catalogue:  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery and Objects 2019. JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery and Objects:  Barcelona,  2019
Catalogue:  Gioielli in Fermento 2019. Gioielli in Fermento:  Piacenza,  2019
Online Article:  Blowing Truths: A Special Review on Joya Barcelona. Ruggiero, IlariaBenchpeg:  Hampshire,  2019
Catalogue:  Gioielli in Fermento 2018. Gioielli in Fermento:  Piacenza,  2018
Catalogue:  Athens Jewelry Week 2018. Athens Jewelry Week:  Athens,  2018