The Artist


As a Istanbul born artist with universal values, she was deeply inspired by Victor Vasarely, who created abstract works based on optical illusion & geometry, and Frank Stella, who creates textured works with his masterful use of color.
Didem Yagci’s artistic talent became apparent very early in her childhood when at the age of six, she began drawing perspective sketches with human figures. She won awards in school art contests and her early paintings were published in various magazines.
When she was fourteen, she made abstract figurative works using fabrics, pastels and oil paints in addition to pencil drawings. Between the years of 1998-2005, she experimented with new techniques, creating three-dimensional works by combining oil paint with papers and fabrics in which she used various acidic fluids to make holes.(a technique she developed integrating her studies in science.)
Since 2006, she has focused on figures and 3 dimensional painting. Referencing the more layered nature of human being and emphasizing the importance of sub-sensations which come together to create a feeling, these earlier works were created by her skillful layering of fabrics with contrasting textures, motives and colors.
Didem Yagci graduated Bosphorous University as a scientist (BS Degree in Chemistry) in Istanbul and she wanted to have an attempt to further develop her artistic identity,she studied “Contemporary Art and Design” at the London College of Fashion with the help of an EU Scholarship after passing the General Knowledge and Talent Tests organized by the European Union in 2010. She combined the experiences during her studies regarding art/artist – creation/process with her experiments in material, color, texture, design, dimension and digital arts which resulted in her work.
As a Contemporary Artist and as an individual Didem Yagci was deeply and constantly questioning her own reasons for existence. Her earlier works focus on the relationship between material and meaning, depicting through women the idea that the difference of mankind from other living beings lies in the sensations they experience through their bodies.
As Didem' Yagci's artistic journey deepened, her artistic approach and artwork have evolved into multi dimensional-layered wall sculptures in a very unique way. Through her artistic approach, she recently creates unique 3 dimensional layered wall sculptures by using plywood panels in various sizes.
Her sculptures are based upon the architecture, design & installation psychology of metropolises, and the visually coded hierarchy of the urban areas, emphasizing the relationship between the human’s position in society with the illusional relation on the human’s body, identity, and fate. These geometric illusions which are referred to as the psychology of urban touch, constituting both a virtual architectural space and as a reflection of multilayered forms of understanding.
 Didem Yagci's wooden sculptures form kinetical patterns that also express notions of creation, infinity and eternity. Her method of working with wood is unprecedented so that she layers the delicate pieces and sands them by hand and placing them together to create three-dimensional canvases with richly textured, impasto-like surfaces.
Didem Yagci exihbited 2 remarkable solo shows named “This Side of Paradise” and  “Self Connection”. She has also  participated in various group shows in London,  Paris, Dublin  and Istanbul. She participated in various artist-in-residence programs during her stay in London. One of her work was awarded to be displayed at Regent Park Metro Station Bilboards, synchronously with LONDON FRIEZE Art Fair. She exhibited several international art fairs including Contemporary Istanbul, Aqua Miami since 2014.
Didem Yagci wall sculptures can be seen in Redart Istanbul, Steidel Contemporary in Miami and Solart Gallery in Dublin.