The ‘Soaps and Fruits’ series, explores Renin’s position as a British-Turkish woman born and raised in London. Whilst visiting family in Turkey, Renin’s adult life has been spent adapting her behaviour to adhere to the expected social norms of Turkish women and consequently camouflage herself, though she is essentially a tourist who looks and acts as if she belongs. This series focuses on her experiences with gender inequality, outdated social conventions and expectations of women in Turkey; The work sources inspiration, by identifying relatable situations that concern young women in Turkish soap operas. Whilst some work in the series uses source imagery taken from collected stills, other works manifest as objects that she connects to these situations, resulting in a set of personal iconographical images.  

Fruit Triptych (Nar, Portakal, Incir)

Oil and spray paint on canvas, 3 panels

Each panel (60cm x 60cm)

2020

She's studying all the time.

Oil and spray paint on canvas

(140cm x 160cm)

2020

Ok. I'm shutting up now.

Oil, spray paint, acrylic and emulsion on canvas

(160cm x 200cm)

2019

When I say something, it's never the time. 

Oil, spray paint, acrylic and emulsion on canvas

(160cm x 200cm)

2019

Did I say I would get married?

Oil, spray paint, acrylic and emulsion on canvas

(160cm x 200cm)

2019

Ayran 

Oil, spray paint and emulsion on canvas

(200cm x 160cm)

2019

Patlican

Oil, spray paint and emulsion on canvas

(200cm x 160cm)

2019

Seker

Oil and emulsion on canvas

(200cm x 160cm)

2019

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