The solo exhibition “Semblance” consists of sculptural garments portraying a past culture’s sophistication in a contemporary form. Costumes of a period depict the status of the people and their traditions. On an individual level, clothing is a visual metaphor for identity. This communication through the language of clothing epitomizes our modesty, social status, and addresses the themes of place, memory and family and opens up possibilities for disguise.
The Turkish-American artist Belgin Yucelen created these garments based on clothing worn by Turkish women and children in Anatolia and Europe from 17th to 19th centuries to bring back and portray her own culture. While creating this series, she had referred to miniature paintings and literary sources. The dresses are made of copper, brass and stainless steel together with materials she had gathered from around the world. The techniques she had used to decorate the dresses are traditional embroidery techniques from Turkey and India, fabric manipulation techniques from Japan, calligraphy and gilding.