Large-format, glamourous paintings, close-up self-portraits… Gökçe Celikel presents a very “spectacular” vision of human being. A way of staging reality that makes it look like a movie poster, in an exaggeration of shapes and colours, realist but confused by interaction of colours and irony of the depicted attitudes. The affirmation of an idea referring to the vanity of representation in our modern world is easily perceptible, though with a very photographic optical perspective in the composition, using low-angle view, a kind a deformation that gives the portraits a special dimension.
“My artistic work focuses on pictorial representation of photographic self-portraits. I take pictures of myself on a regular basis, sometimes with people around me in order to enrich my own database of “photographic documents” which are a representation of a simple reality, sincere and not retouched, like in a logbook or personal diary. I work mostly from pictures that display playfulness and ambiguity between fiction and reality. I mechanically reproduce images of reality in order to give an original and unique painting. I basically question the role of images and their ability to manipulate in today’s society. My subjects of choice are glamour, narcissism, youth and seduction.”