“Memory of a Hug“ features two dinosaur figures in a playful and interactive brain design. It can be moved to make the dinosaurs hug or separate. The pieces fit like a jigsaw puzzle to become one. This sculpture represents the memory of a hug in good times. Like our memory, it can also become fractured and loose.
Basak Cansu Guvenkaya is a contemporary sculptor, painter and mixed media artist. She completed her formal studies in sculpture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul) in 2016 and received first place in the Sakip Sabancı Foundation Art Awards. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, art fairs, symposiums and competitions around the world in countries such as Australia, Germany, the UK, Italy and Turkey.
Currently Basak is working on her Master’s degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. She is also doing research about indigenous people around the world and the protecting and healing functions of their sculptures.
Basak’s sculptures and paintings suggest a playful and colourful way to get rid of negativity and gain happiness. Her artworks encapsulate an expression and a protection against evils of the world, creating a space where evil and fear do not exist; an imaginary world of its own.