Fikriye Oz is a representational painter from Istanbul, Turkey. She received her MFA from UW Madison in 2018 and her bachelors from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2012. Fikriye has been exhibited nationally and currently is teaching at UW Madison. Fikriye lives in Madison, with her husband and son, while traveling to Turkey for their summers.
As a portrait artist I seek to capture the essence of my subject. While photography may capture the physical being, and abstraction may convey some form of deeper emotion, portraiture lands at this crossroads in portraying a subject and their inner being. Specifically focusing on mugshots allows the stripping away of clutter, a turning down of the background noise, to enable the subject’s humanity to captured in their expression, their gaze, and provides the viewer an insight into their lives. My work focuses on the juxtaposition between ones outer and the inner identity faced with the eroding effects of time. As an extrapolation from the traditional use of the mugshot format, I seek to bring humanity into this form previously used for simply cataloging humans.
Portraiture, much like photography is an action in the past tense. The nuance of the self that is captured is eternal and ephemeral at the same time. But unlike photography, a great portrait is more than merely capturing the likeness. A camera captures what is immediately in front of the lens but a true portrait will capture everything that the camera is unable to.