Rukiye GARIP 路姬耶．歌禮普 (Turkey)
International Contemporary Graphic Arts Triennial in Novosibirsk, Russia
Artlife Fest in Moscow, Russia
AWS 153rd International Watercolor Exhibition in New York, USA
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition in London, England
Silk Road International Art Exhibition in Xi’an, China
Rust Railway 鏽色鐵路
2017 | Watercolor 水彩 ｜38 x 56 cm
A painting from the Rail Series, inspired by the railway near where I live. Railways have preserved their importance from past to present; reminding us of our separations and reunions; spaces that evoke feelings about the past, present and future. As in the human life own process, it is inevitable that the industrial elements it produces will change in the face of time. Rusty irons are like proof of passing time. It’s like a memory book that keeps many memories in it but has a locked cover. The sunlight that once cast bright reflections on the iron rail fasteners is now lost between cracks in the rusty surface. The textures and colors on the stones supporting the rails and the rusty rails also promise a beautiful sunny day.
Rusty Iron Ring 生鏽鐵環
2018 | Watercolor 水彩｜38 x 56 cm
Rusty surfaces remind me of the past, the passing time. While creating rust colors and textures on surfaces, I like to paint all the details with respect to the time and effort. Like the rusty chains I came across on a cruise, the anchor and anchor ring surrounded by thick ropes between the fishing nets on the pier is also inspiring for me.
Stony Creek 礫石溪流
2023 | Watercolor 水彩｜76 x 56 cm
“Stony Creek” is located at the place where I spent my childhood. Its clean, vigorously flowing water was home to the stones we gathered, as well as fish, crabs, tadpoles, and numerous other species, and it also nourished the surrounding farmlands. When I returned years later, there was no trace of that beautiful stream. The water was very shallow and blurry, and the stones in it were covered with moss due to pollution. Countless waste has polluted the area around it. I had the impression that this scene had tainted my childhood memories as well. That day, I wanted to immortalize the creek, which I will never see in its old beautiful state again, as it is in my memory.
Snowy Winter Reflection 雪冬倒影
2021 | Watercolor 水彩｜76 x 56 cm
My inspiration for this painting is the woodland area near my home, where I am fascinated by its enchanting beauties in every season and at different times of the day. Melting snow during a walk in snowy weather, leaves in the water, reflected tree branches and light…
Apart from being our source of life, water means transparency, fluidity and dynamism for me.
It means freedom and enthusiasm.
It means serenity, peace, efficiency.
When I look at transparent water, being able to see different areas at the same time that cannot be seen by a human eye and the effect of this fairy-tale atmosphere has always been inspiring for me. Autumn and reflections are the reflections of change and transformation for me. Tree trunks reflecting on the clear water with a thin layer of ice on their edges and colorful stones in the water seem to herald the arrival of spring.