By Heidi Trautmann
Sitting by the window in the early morning, looking
down onto the blue sea, the green hills – they are really green in Yeşiltepe –
I think about the ‘small things’ I have seen yesterday at Nilgün Güney’s
‘Witches’ Cauldron’ in the Arabahmet Quarter.
Nilgün Güney is a dedicated artist and a very good art
teacher. For her it is not so much the final result that is important but the
road to it. It is the consciousness she trains her students to have. Her
students are of all ages and come to her studio above the Studio-Café – some
already for many years. In her studio – a very inspiring place – she and the
students sit around a big table and talk, talk about the language of art, about
projects they have done and will carry out together and they illuminate an idea
from all sides democratically.
There is no unimportant view, everybody opens up for
arguments. So one day Nilgün discussed with them the phenomenon ‘small things’.
We all go through life with a goal on
our mind, focusing on big things and so we overlook all the small things on our
way. Life has become a supermarket. Following this basic understanding Nilgün
and her students tried to transpose the idea into an art project. There are
forms at hand daily, shapes that are available, what can we do with them, how
can we make an interesting composition with them.
So the one student took various geometric four-sided
figures cut from carton and brought them into a relation; the other used the
same forms but painted them and gave them depth by adding shades; still another
brought colour into it, warm and cold colours so the depth was determined by
the colour. One student had used a plastic form as a stencil, you know the
plastic frame that holds six alu tins together, and the result was astounding. There
were also non-geometric forms, leaf like, put next to each other in different
I like the way of Nilgün’s teaching, it is a tribute
to life, focusing on the simple things in life and still be happy. Using
attention and care to small things will create a feeling of quality, or said
with simple words: A potato and an onion prepared with love can make a