-Mosaic Museum Arasta Bazaar January 06 -CORNUCOPIA December 2005-March 2007 -[Name in Greek letters] 1898-1982 A blacked bronze bust in a sun0white square on Meis, celebrating the indefatigable old Greek lady who raised the Greek flag every day of the Italian occupation during & after WWII -TriciVenola 12/5
Drawn from life… very quickly!
10 KONYA MINARET
Never saw another one like this in Turkey.
ÇETIN & HIS MOTHER
-Reunited for the first time in 15 years in Konya, December 2005.
When Çetin, a direct descendent of Rumi, came out to his family, he was disowned. He left conservative Konya with nothing, moved to Istanbul and found a puppy in the street. His mother secretly corresponded with him. Fifteen years later, he went home for the first time and was welcomed by the family. Here he is with his mother, the 15-year old dog & the new moon, and I got to draw it.
ÇETIN’S MOTHER IN YOUTH
TWO BRAVE GIRLS IN KONYA
A courageous Lesbian couple, out in a very conservative town. We were there with a film crew documenting attitudes toward homosexuality worldwide.
-A glorious winter day! Drawing out the window while everyone is huddled around the stove in the next room smoking with the drapes shut. Rumi cannot have been so insensitive to the beauty of the corporeal world… They adore him… they make beautiful carpets… Derekoy, near Konya.
SPARED BY GENGHIS KHAN
-Mud-brick towers & domes at Piri Mehmed Pasa Camii. Konya, c1255 AD -9 December 2005 -Genghis Khan didn’t burn this mosque because he loved the poems of Mevlana.
ÇETIN & EMINE 2006
-First day of the New Year 2006: clear & cold in a village near the Black Sea -A red sunset / A gold sea -Eating fish with best friends Çetin & Emine on this New Year’s Day- a good omen! Their friendship later ended in tears but that day was lovely. We had driven all the way to Konya and back again together.