“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.”
-Le Pettit Prince
As many of you know, kids say the darnedest things. If you pay close enough attention, in a child’s earnestness we often catch a glimpse of their future self. When I was a youngster I would draw on everything: myself, my sister, the walls, inside the refrigerator… let it be said that my parents were well aware they had an artist on their hands. Did I grow up to be the next Picasso? Not yet. I did, however, find a passion for Art History. Creative writing and art criticism are my current crayons of choice.
The same childhood shenanigans can be said for our current exhibiting artist, Ebru Ercan. Standing 5’ 9”, not counting her staple 6” heels and wild blonde hair, Ebru knew she was destined to be an artist from an early age. Finding her niche in architecture, Ebru graduated from Auburn University and is currently licensed to practice architecture nationally as well as internationally (her family is from Istanbul Turkey, where she has both exhibited her paintings and designed commercial as well as residential real estate). She also triples as an interior designer, furniture designer, and last but certainly not least, an abstract expressionist painter.
Constantly creating and using her artist aptitude on a day-to-day basis, it is no wonder Ebru gleans inspirations for her paintings from her everyday life. From buildings to colors to travel, Ebru mixes the tangible with her emotions, yielding in beautiful abstract creations. To me, the energy behind the work seems to stem from the following notion: when working within strict guidelines and structured atmosphere everyday, her canvases allow her mind rest and explore the depths of her emotions and the unstructured world of the imagination.
One can see a sense of unity and balance throughout Ebru’s exhibition as a whole. Her vibrant palette is set in motion by heavy-handed brushstrokes filled with acrylic paint, serving up both texture and depth with each pass. A sense of rhythm is created with her brushstrokes as well, as she alternates horizontal and vertical strokes, thus concluding in a pleasant mixture of actual and implied texture. The thick layer of resin dripping off each canvas acts as a portal, temporarily transcending the viewer from their current mindset to a different setting and point in time, prearranged for you by the artist.
In her signature piece, “Safe Haven” as well as in “Sea Rise”, one gets a palpable sense of tranquility from a vague conception of the ocean floor, offering a cool serenity through suspension of disbelief. The calmness of the ocean floor invites the viewer to impose their own experiences, characters, and settings into her painting.
With so much creativity flowing from Ercan on a day-to-day basis, her work is anything but arbitrary. Yes, she does have a signature style to her paintings, but her works will evolve right along next to her. Ideas and frame of mind shape her canvases and I only see them getting brighter in the future.
Photos by Caitlin M. Webb