‘Witch Hunt’ by Elif Varol Ergen
Artist: Elif Varol Ergen
Title: ‘Witch Hunt’
Medium: Fine Art Print + Plexi Sandwich, CNC Cut
Dimensions: 10.6” x 14.5”
Year of Creation: 2016
About the Artist:
Elif Varol Ergen is a Turkish visual artist and instructor.
1999 Graduate; Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Graphic Design Department.
2003 MA; “Development of Comics in Japan and Fareastern Cultures”, Hacettepe University.
2007 PhD Research and internship; The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Hogeschool Gent, Belgium.
2009 PhD; “Abstract Concepts in Illustrated ChiIdren Books”, Hacettepe University.
After graduation for her PhD thesis and artistic studies she researched about underground art and contemporary illustrations in Europe and Japan. Her art mainly focused on parent-child relationship, sex discrimination, women’s rights, feminism and human psychology. The characters in her early works can be outlined as uncanny, spooky and strange infants with pale faces, sharp teeth and shadows. There were heavy dose grotesque in the images, severe form deformations, sagging and melting forms merge and blend with intensive contrasts in red and black.
Her current artworks content is mostly focused on feminism, divine femininity, mysticism and women’s identity. She illustrates rebel female characters and move away from all kind of definitions and identities of women which has been put by the male dominance. She uses mostly “witch and wicca” metaphors for her rebellion ladies whose behaviours totally against the common thoughts and belief of society.
She usually uses digital media, digital imaging and CNC-machined productions also sometimes combines traditional media such as acrylic, ink, silkscreening for the artworks.