Seize The Moment Derya Ozparlak

Steel and Polyester
38 × 13 × 11 inches
96.52 × 33.02 × 27.94 cm

Turkish born artist, Derya Ozparlak’s beautiful finely hand-hammered steel sculptures are designed to represent modern capitalism; the culture that binds us to our work and limits our freedom. With ‘Seize the Moment,’ the slender figure of a young woman in a knee-length dress and ballerina slippers is being carried aloft by a bouquet of brightly coloured balloons. Her long locks fly behind her in the wind, one slipper just touching the ground suggesting that she is, indeed ‘seizing the moment’ to be free. The tension between the earthly reality of the human condition and the lofty desire to escape is a favourite theme. "Since I began working in Canada, the metaphor of the balloon concept has developed. When I observed a downtown area, it was dominated by skyscrapers. I always saw the same problem with white collar workers. They were in a rush, working very hard so I said to myself, they are living in an invisible prison and that has never changed." -Ozparlak Since completing a BFA from the Anadolu University in Turkey, Ozparlak has exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada and internationally in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon and the US. She now lives and works in Toronto. Ozparlak's highly detailed sculptures are held in private and corporate collections in Canada and internationally in Istanbul, Berlin and Capri.

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