Artisan Maryam Turkey Creates Functional Works of Art with an Architectural Edge
21st January 2022
The Iraqi native’s new light sculptures and mirrored paintings are now on view at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Manhattan
History plays a big role in my practice,” says Maryam Turkey, whose functional works of art have a topographic quality inspired by the terra-cotta architecture of her native Iraq. Now based in Brooklyn, she developed her method while a resident at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, an opportunity that helped earn her a spot with Silver Art Projects, an arts incubator situated within 4 World Trade Center. “Aside from the large studio space, my favorite part about being on the 28th floor was the eye-level sun,” she says. “There’s a constant play of light and shadow.”
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