Raised in the suburbs of Boston as the first daughter of a Turkish mother and a Jewish father, Aylin has often found herself on the outside, looking in. Her mixed media paintings take an approach toward her subjects like that of a cultural observer or artistic ethnographer. Her recent work explores how time effects our views of both costume and temperament in the individual and their relationships. With a BFA from Mason Gross at Rutgers University and a MA of Ed from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Aylin continues her artmaking practice while simultaneously working full-time as a museum professional, caring for her two young boys, teaching art workshops, and tending a small hand-made accessories business.
As an artist I have dealt with many mediums, but mosaics are by far my most favorite. Like most children, I too had a treasure chest filled with interesting and shiny objects with unique colors and textures. I have channeled this fascination into creating mosaic art. My favorite mosaic materials are stained glass, stone and smalti bringing me closer in spirit to all those mosaic artists of yore who created the brilliant mosaics from Italy to Morocco, and a million other mosaic manna. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two kids.
Molly Sanger Carpenter
Being an artist, to me, means having the need to create. When I work, I am absorbed by the process and my vision of what I am making. However, when I am away from working on a sculpture I am constantly collecting bits of visual and technical information. Art is not just a product, but the result of the life experience of the artist. The greatest reward, for me, is when I see the effect my work has on someone else. As an artist I feel it is my responsibility to make sculpture that has a positive transforming effect on the viewer. Art can make the world a better place, balancing images of destruction with images of goodness and beauty, providing comfort.
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This year marks 30 years of ArtPride New Jersey! Some of our friends came together to help us celebrate: