Esna Su breathes stories into materials to create evocative handcrafted pieces. Her body of work subtly explores the issues of identity and memory and how these are shaken in the context of political instability. She envelops her pieces with heritage, using traditional Turkish techniques of weaving, twining, and crochet. The traditional craftsmanship in her collections is based on skills often used in her hometown of Antioch, Turkey. Yet they mutate into wearable sculptures as she translates them in her own language. Almost a continuation of the body, their organic structure gives form to unseen layers of emotions, memories and sensations. These emanate from the crafted paper rush, vegetable tanned leather and patterned fabric. Through irregular form and hollow shapes, she exposes the burden of displacement but also sketches an aspiration towards protection and preservation. By underlining this dialogue between absence and embodiment she expresses complex yet narrative journeys.
As well as an installation of Esna Su’s works at Torre Abbey during the five days of the festival, Esna will give a presentation of her work, its context and processes.
A graduate from Central Saint Martin’s Esna Su is currently resident at Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation in London.