Mindful Emancipation depicts what goes on in the mind of a modern human being who suffers from being trapped in a fast-paced and stressful life. In this artwork, skyscrapers are everywhere, rising too high as if they are making it difficult for the individual to breathe. Wearing his business attire, holding on to his briefcase, this exhausted employee is striving to fly away from a stressful life that seems to have strangled him. Inspiration came from observing the urban environment.
Derya Ozparlak is a Toronto-based artist working in sculpture, mixed media and installation. She graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Anadolu University in Turkey. Ozparlak has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, art fairs and symposiums in Toronto, Turkey, Chicago, Almeria of Spain, Beirut, Berlin, New York City and Palermo, Italy. She has been a full-time artist since 2006.