Fídan Tonza

Artist Statement

Society is the essence of artistic work in drawing attention to and sensitivity to social problems in the context of art understandings based on artistic understanding. Particularly those whose work is dominated by surrealist influences with connotations on ready objects are shaped by elements of reproduction, sameness, and similarity. Apart from the surrealist elements, sometimes choosing a clear language of artistic expression without profound meaning also exhibits realist approaches in terms of the meanings of the objects. The artist's trial to find a way to express each excitement in developing a new ceramic language by making use of mechanical recycle materials. This phrase consists of the repetition of industrial elements, which lead to a ceramic sculpture.

The point of view created by the use of a traditional material in contemporary art emphasizes ceramics with its reinterpretation ability on today's platform. Different décor and firing methods are used in order to shift the axes of the perceptions on the material and to improve the different viewpoints by utilizing all the techniques of ceramics material (Wheel-thrown, Hand building, mold casting).

-- Fídan Tonza


Fídan Tonza graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Department of Ceramics in 2007. She completed her Master of Arts Degree at the same university on the subject of “Research of Eastern Mysticism, Anatolian Sufism and Ceramic Applications” in 2012. She completed her Ph.D. at Dokuz Eylul University on the subject of “The Asociation of Street Art With Ceramic Material”. She has participated in several international and national exhibitions. She has also received 3 awards. In 2011 Fídan Tonza founded her own studio “Fidan Tonza Art Studio” in Izmir. In 2017, she started to work as an assistant professor at Samsun Ondokuz Mayıs Universities of Fine Arts Faculty, Ceramic-Glass Department.

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