Istanbul-based Gozde Ilkin's work is made out of repurposed domestic fabrics that she has been collecting over time. İlkin deftly reworks the material with an arrangement of images, loose threads and thin layers of paint. Her artworks act as an embodiment of personal experience and collective memory. Her stories never quite unfold into their logical conclusion. They enact political relationships, feelings and promises that are failing to reach a solution, remaining abstract and in limbo.
Gözde İlkin was born in Kütahya in 1981 and lived in various regions of Turkey until her university years. She studied painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University. From 2005 to 2006, she attended European Union Education and Youth Programs: Leonardo da Vinci Program at the RAM and Ram Foundation in Rotterdam. She completed her master’s degree at Marmara University in 2008. She has exhibited at numerous spaces and institutions in Turkey, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, which include the 15th Istanbul biennial, artSümer Gallery, Istanbul, and Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin. İlkin lives and works in Istanbul.