Deniz Üster

Deniz Üster (b.1981- Istanbul) is an international artist based in Glasgow. She studied her undergraduate degree in Painting and Drawing at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, and had her MA in Visual Arts at Sabanci University, in Istanbul. She has recently completed her MFA studies in Glasgow School of Art.


You can view the first 5 minutes of this film (downgraded version), from the link below: “Being an Ear Guest to a Gossip” is a work which implies a process of transmutation, through the language of alchemy. However, different from the sublimity of Hermeticism, the work aims to transform the valuable, the profitable into the futile and the useless. The film allows us to witness the strange behaviour of a small hairy creature. This beast is focused upon her various tasks as she plants green potatoes, gathers psychedelic gloop from the forest and finally harvests what appears to be her crop of rocks. Who is this creature, and why is she so intent on such labours? In “Being an Ear Guest to a Gossip” I utilise rituals, and Anatolian Turkish Folklore, hybridised with the antithetic nature of Scotland, where I feed from both its industrial spectacle and its scenic beauty. Therefore the props and the plot of the film are highly contradictive, fictional and intentionally fake in appearance.


National Biennale: Derby 2010

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