Art is at its most powerful when it is vulnerable. Film, photography, or design leaves the deepest impression on us when the subject matter is authentic and strikes a chord. Throughout my life, art has challenged me to see vulnerability as a strength and not a weakness. If not for this I would most likely be a much less genuine version of myself today.
Becoming a first-generation Turkish immigrant at the age of 7, I sought refuge in visual arts during the first few years after my family’s move from Istanbul. I felt very disconnected from my peers so art gave me a way to escape the isolation and express myself. Art became an outlet of self-expression for me when I didn't feel comfortable being vulnerable on a personal level.
Throughout my time at SCAD, I met students from all walks of life, some returning to school years after they had gotten their first degree, and professors still actively pursuing their personal passions in addition to teaching. I began taking a more introspective approach to my work and learned to express myself in ways that felt genuine.
Over the years I’ve learned to better appreciate the value of visual communication and respect the level of problem-solving and understanding it calls for. My journey towards becoming a graphic designer feels like the culmination of all my struggles on the path to greater self-awareness and self-acceptance. Through embracing vulnerability as a strength I’ve been able to build more meaningful relationships personally and professionally. Graphic design has allowed me to channel my desire for depth and authenticity in a way that can help others communicate with greater clarity.
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