All work and photographs © Selis Tutkum Altinok
Selis Tutkum Altinok
About the artist
Bornin Nicosia, Cyprus on 26th of April, 1993, Selis Tutkum is a Turkish Cypriot who has been studying Fine arts in the UK since 2011. She graduated from TheEnglish School, Nicosia in June 2011 where she studied for 7 years, completing her studies with A-levels in Maths, Physics, Design and Technology and Turkish. She believes that having a mathematics, physics and a design background plays abig part in how she creates the structures of the sculptures she makes, as well as her problem solving skills. She came to the UK to start her career as an artist for which she started by getting a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which she completed with distinction. Selis Tutkum continued her studiesby doing a 3 year Bachelor of Arts course in University of Reading where shegraduated with a 2:1 in June 2015. She is currently based in London and has completed her Masters of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in June 2017.
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About the work
The works she creates usually offer an insight into how she gets to know the materials she chooses. Selis Tutkum's material choices vary according to the sense of touch she wants to create. She has worked with plaster, latex, cables, ropes, steel and copper wire, and silicone rubber, as well as copper pipes. Tactility is very important to Tuktum's practice because the selection of materials create context for the work. With her current works, she is interested in the idea of combining the functional and the non-functional, as well as exploring the concept of value that a material brings to a sculpture and intends to address value through fragility.
Artist website: www.selistutkum.com