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A Süphan on Lake Van
A Suphan for Celal -©2016 TriciVenola— Project patron Celal Ögmen grew up in this village a few decades ago. He came to Istanbul as a teenager. He stood outside a prosperous fish restaurant in Kumkapi: Kalamar, saying in to the tourists in all their languages, “Come here and eat fish.” Now he owns the restaurant and the one next door, educates his daughter in New York, is a cornerstone of local industry and a patron of the arts. One brother is a judge, the other a barrister in New York. You can do anything with brains and moxie.
Adam and Eve at Akdamar
Alexander Rides to Midas
Aspects of Love
Bible Stories in Stone
Bible Stories in Stone ©TriciVenola 2016
Few could read, so these ﬁgures proclaimed the Holy Word to all who looked on them. Absolute delight carved in red tufa, these ﬁgures are about 3/4 life-size and protrude about 4 inches from the stone blocks from which they are carved. One pictures the cartoons on paper or canvas ﬁxed to the surface of blocks that stick out farther than those above and below. They would have covered the back of the canvas with pigment and traced the drawings from the front. And then up on ladders, hacking and then tapping away, ﬁnalizing with passion and skill, patiently creating the vivid images in the tedious medium. Armenian art is all based on circles. Its testimony to the expertise of the artists that these ﬁgures carved on stone blocks are all so curvilinear. And those borders!
Big Faces Agape
Chairs at Priene
Crosses in the Dark
Medusa on the Side
Second day: the shadows make it. I’d intended this for the book, but went in another direction.
God, it was hot. I spent as much time as possible drawing down in the Cistern. Water dripping in the dim echoes, antique columns, few alike, marching off into the shadows.