Illustration

Elif Varol Ergen's Feminist Grotesqueries

April 29, 2017

Elif Varol Ergen is a Turkish visual artist and instructor whose work is mainly focused on parent-child relationship, sex discrimination, women’s rights, feminism and human psychology. The characters in her early works can be outlined as uncanny, spooky and strange infants with pale faces, sharp teeth and shadows. 

After graduation for her PhD thesis and artistic studies, Elif Varol Ergen researched about underground art and contemporary illustrations in Europe and Japan.  Her art mainly focused on parent-child relationship, sex discrimination, women’s rights, feminism and human psychology. The characters in her early works can be outlined as uncanny, spooky and strange infants with pale faces, sharp teeth and shadows. There were heavy dose grotesque in the images, severe form deformations, sagging and melting forms merge and blend with intensive contrasts in red and black.

Her current artworks content is mostly focused on feminism, divine femininity,  mysticism and women’s identity.  She illustrates rebel female characters and move away from all kind of definitions and identities of women which has been put by the male dominance. She uses mostly “witch and wicca” metaphors for her rebellion ladies whose behaviours totally against the common thoughts and belief of society. 

She usually uses digital media, digital imaging and CNC-machined productions also sometimes combines traditional media such as acrylic, ink, silkscreening for the artworks.