Chicago-based Turkish artist Hale Ekinci will be showcasing her work in “Compound Subjects,” a solo exhibition at the Leonor R. Fuller Gallery, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 23, 2022. The closing reception and artist talk will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Compound Subjects” is solo exhibition of embroidered textile paintings and ﬁber sculptures by Ekinci. Collaging together ﬁber techniques, found textiles, and images from family archives, the exhibition explores phases of acculturation, immigrant identity, and ideas about gendered labor. Ekinci’s decorative fringes are inﬂuenced by the Middle Eastern tradition of oya (lace edging on a headdress) and its use of symbolic patterns that serve as a secret language between women to express personal sentiments that must otherwise remain private. Adopting these methods of embellishment and encoding, Ekinci creates adorned, intercultural portraits framed with oya on bedsheets.
More information is available on the college’s Leonor R. Fuller Gallery page.
Artist Credit: Untitled Ellis Island by Hale Ekinci