Deniz Turan

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2023
Published: 09.01.2023


Deniz Turan, Istanbul,Turkey based contemporary jewellery artist. She studied politics at Dokuz Eylul University,Izmir,Turkey. After the graduation, she decided to be in art and design field and took technical and conceptual courses for four years. In 2018, she founded “Atelier Loy” in Istanbul. Deniz Turan who has been in several exhibitions and organisations was awarded Portojoia Award at Collectiva Meeting International Exhibition in 2019. She still keep on creating pieces of contemporary jewellery, objects and collages in her atelier.


The World we perceive with our five senses becomes a different place with a deep realisation.My beginning motivation that moves me is my curiosity about that place.The only rule I strictly adhere to in my “open to potential surprises,semi-controlled” creating process is emphasising the importance of the human factor,hand work,idea and care in relation to “creating” or “making”.There are conceptual jewelry,object and analog collages among the works I create with the connotations of concepts,images, any material itself or colors. My primary search for all these works, in which I do not feel closer to one than the other at the point of expressing myself, is to reach a silent, strong, protesting language against the prevailing imposition of perfection.

Civil disobedience, 2021
Old photographs always impress me. Sometimes, I go to a second-hand bookseller and look at the dusty photos that have been laid about in a box. Smiles and looks of people who passed away from this world long time ago... unclaimed photos that belongs to two lovers or a big family... they are always sad. I think about these people’s lifes who don’t have a place in a one’s family album any more and became forlorn memories. I write new stories for them. They continue to live in another form and story even if their voice,words and breath were depleted. “Civil Disobedience” is a work from the serie ” The Long And Short Of It” that I tell such stories. Perhaps in real life, this soldier who has never seen his loved ones again, has no dramatic end in my story. He was a romantic man and believed in peace. He refused the war, returned to the land of his birth and grew roses in his garden.

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.

“Remember” is a kind of abacus that I tried to express my direct or indirect experiences about this pandemic period which equalized all of us with a common concern. 
Beads with numbers and marks lined up on wires are the symbols of my own experiences on one hand and reminders that make the viewers think about their own experiences on the other hand. In this way, they create a common language.
This work that refers to the conditions created by the pandemic period is open to different readings in accordance with the own feelings and thoughts of the viewers.
The meaningful bond established by the similarities and differences of what we experience in our own worlds reminds us that we are all part of the same whole and we are affected by the whole as much as we affect it.


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Exhibition  05 Oct 2023 - 20 Nov 2023  Missing Memories in Madrid.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2023 - 30 Sep 2023  Missing Memories in Barcelona.
Exhibition  27 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023  Missing Memories at the Melting Point 2023.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2023 - 11 Mar 2023  Missing Memories in Munich 2023.
Exhibition  20 Dec 2021 - 11 Feb 2022  Until Death Do Us Part.
Exhibition  16 Nov 2021 - 30 Dec 2021  Between a break and a breakdown. Jewelry as a mirror of our times.
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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Book:  Shape of Nature. Sun, HermanChina Humanities Publishing House:  Hong Kong,  2022
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