Esma Pacal Turam is well known in Turkey for life-size paper sculptures, but it is her silicone chandeliers that are lighting the way to this Istanbul-based artist’s worldwide fame. Where the paper sculptures explore relationships between people, communication and crowds, Turam’s new work in silicone takes a closer look at individuality.
My technique is to use a hot glue gun and therefore the silicone works almost like a pencil for me. The outcome is transparent, flexible. It shimmers like crystal or glass, it is light in weight like paper and it is a direct material. Most important for me is that I can draw directly with this material. I was looking for a lace type of effect for the curtain, to be able to look at it from both sides. Silicone just clicked in as the right material for the work.
In her most recent work pictured above, Turam comes full circle mixing the paper and silicone. Hard to believe the lacy figures and objects are fabricated with hot glue. Hot glue.