Elif Varol Ergen

Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Elif Varol Ergen graduated from Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Graphic Design Department. She held a master degree and a PhD with a thesis about “Development of Far Eastern Comics” and “Dark Concepts at Children Books”. She also studied at the Hogeschool Gent Fine Arts Academy in Belgium to research and complete her thesis. She started a series of illustrations and an art career in Belgium before moving back to Ankara. She then participated into many illustration and design exhibitions across Europe and Japan. Elif held her first solo show “Incognito” at the CDA Projects Gallery in Istanbul in 2012. More recently (Aug.-Sept. 2012), she was a part of the “We’ve got issues” exhibition at the WWA gallery in Los Angeles.
Her art has been featured in Hi-Fructose and Color Ink Book Magazines.




She’s still working as a lecturer at the Art and Design Faculty and is represented by CDA Projects Gallery as an illustration artist.

T-shirts from this artist:




These t-shirts made in India by human trafficking survivors were inspired by Indian goddess Durga, protecting people from the evils of the world and removing their miseries.
$5 from every purchase goes back to NOT FOR SALE (wolf and elephant designs) organization or Amin Sheikh (Lion design) help create jobs to human trafficking survivors in their partner factory in India (Wolf and Elephant) or help save the street children of Mumbai (Lion).
Regular price: $44-$56
This work is the result of a great collaboration between Elif and BYDFAULT that started in July 2012.

Artist statement:

“The severe reflections of the traumatic and merciless world of adults on the bodies and souls of children raise child characters living, but not being aware of it; suffering, yet mistaking it as disappointment and embarrassed of their genders.” The characters in Ergen’s works transform into pitch-dipped strange entities and criminals with pale faces, sharp teeth, shadows. The heavy dose, grotesque in the images, severe form deformations, sagging and melting forms merge and blend with intensive contrasts in red and black. While the fragility and the repressiveness of the content could ease the viewers’ empathy, memories of the viewers maintain their dialogues with the works even after this experience.

About Elif Varol Ergen’s work and technique:

Having set – as a starting point – those moments of violence of children against their mother and father figures and the child abuses frequently depicted in the media in the recent years, the artist interprets the states related to the before and after of these frightening states in a narrative manner.
The artist uses techniques such as acrylic, ink, silk-screening and digital imaging and avoids constraining approaches during the production phase of the works.

Video Interview with the artist and sample of the Elif’s portfolio: