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Creepy Pretty Things

Işıl Ulaş

November 15, 2013 – December 15, 2013

Galeri Ilayda, Hüsrev Gerede Caddesi No. 37, Teşvikiye, Istanbul


Işıl Ulaş’ paintings look like pretty children’s drawings from one angle, intricate horror scenes from another. In this series, Ulaş aims to provoke a sense of unease and initiate a dialogue between her paintings and the horror genre. Her pieces incorporate both saccharine and frightening characters – there is an obvious horror connected to the wide-eyed girls, sharp-edged tools, blood and creepy toys.

Ulaş’s works confront the dichotomies of beauty and ugliness, birth and death, good and evil, and her pieces are often set in specific locations, including deserted forests and hospital rooms – an approach which follows the artist’s interest about dreams and dreaming. The exhibition is accompanied by a sound piece featuring the voice of a young girl, heightening the paintings’ eerie potential.



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