After finishing Photography, Eda Taşlı decided to go back to school with the support of her family – so she could study Sculpture and realize her dreams. Focusing on wood, mechanics and movement, she began producing kinetic sculptures. Under her brand Eddlook, you can find her sculptures inspired by Russian literature, children’s books, fairy tales and her own dreams. She continues working at her studio in Kadıköy, Yeldeğirmeni.
Could you tell us about yourself?
I was born in 1978, in Istanbul. After initially studying Photography in 1999 followed by shooting match photography for Galatasaray Magazine, I enrolled in Sculpture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
How did you decide to enroll in Sculpture after studying Photography?
While I was shooting football games, I could not stop myself from making drawings. For my personal shootings, I was making 3D and demounted photographs. I was photographing hand-made objects in edited environments. And this was leading me to sculpture, triggering my desire to create three dimensional things. Actually I wasn’t planning on enrolling back in school, but my family saw my unhappiness. One night, my unhappiness showing on my face, my older brother asked me about my dreams and I told him what I really wanted to do. That night, they told me to go for it, that they would support me. So I took the first step!
How did sculpture gain meaning for you after this period?
Of course sculpture didn’t gain meaning instantly, but I slowly began finding myself…
After working with a variety of materials, how did you decide on wood?
In Sculpture, clay is the main workshop. You get to pick your material of choice in second year. The first year, you are constantly observing; trying to find, explore the material that speaks to you. During that time, I picked wood and continuing my education around it, loved it.
All of your kinetic sculptures have a story behind them. How are these stories born?
Their stories are actually being born as I live my life. I have always loved Russian Classics. At first, I was under their influence. Especially Dostoyevsky and Gogol. Their character resolutions really get to me. Especially “Notes From Underground”. I believe I resemble that character a bit. Then, children’s books and fairy tales. There are so many weird and interesting detections in them. Exciting archetypes. You can find many things from yourself and your life. I myself have always created a fairy tale-like language too. I love examining people. Their moods and stance, as well as their characters. Surprised, sad, scared, touchy, unhappy, nonchalant, selfish, mean, nice, greedy, frivolous, impudent… We try to cover them. I try to include, to reflect these sides that we try to hide, as shadows. Small selves, huge egos. People that usually don’t notice, or does not want to notice their shadows. Including myself.
Afterwards, how does a production progress?
First I sketch; the characters, their facial expressions and movements. Then I ask myself “How should this one’s mood be like?” and start carving.
How do Turkish people see kinetic sculpture? Do you think it is understood?
I believe they see it pretty well. I have professional Facebook and Instagram accounts and have met wonderful people through them! There is Sıdıka from İzmir – she came to İstanbul to visit me and we have formed a bond that will hopefully last a lifetime. There was a girl coming from İkitelli; she had put on her nicest clothes, and brought pastries. She told me I was the first sculptor she had ever met in person. She was very interested in my work. People find a piece of themselves and want to know you better. And this makes me very happy. I feel like they are carrying my misshapen creatures inside as well!
How do you spend a day at your workshop?
I spend my days at my workshop drinking tea and working.
Your workshop is located at Yeldeğirmeni. Does that effect the creation process positively?
Yeldeğirmeni is like a small town. There are still children running around in their underwear. There is sincerity. It is not snob. This makes me very happy. And it is a great opportunity to examine people. I am even interested in the guy bringing me water – characteristically!
What are your goals for the future? Are there any exhibition plans?
My goal for the future is to keep producing. Of course I would love to hold an exhibition, but the industry and galleries scare me, so I am not focused on that at the moment. So I can be the way I like to be…
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