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  • The phenomenon of war through an artist’s eyes

    Focusing on individuals personally caught up in war, Valerie Çelebi’s exhibition ‘Camouflage’ can be viewed at Artisan through 16 June.

    These paintings by Çelebi, who describes the emotions underlying her work in terms such as hypnosis, mirage, quiescence, anesthesia, magnetic effect, threat and being crushed, are characterized by sharp and striking contrasts. The elusiveness of the background against the dynamism of the weapons and the energy of the soldiers, the use of thick, vivid pigments together with a transparent semi-glaze, and the paintings in which distinguishing facial contours are deliberately obscured, despite the soldier’s body and uniform and the weapons he bears being detailed enough to enable recognition of person and scene, portray the phenomenon of war through an artist’s eyes.