Ece Abay

Artexpo New York 2024

April 4 – 7, 2024

My earlier works were themed around my own dreamscapes, which were reflections of my personal emotions and how I perceived the world around me. My biggest inspiration came from my heritage and culture through a personal journey. The Ancient Memories series describes the second chapter of the journey during which I share my experiences through the lens of our ancestors, who showed us how to connect with one another. As a result, I chose Ancient Temples to be the bridge between our heritage and future generations on enlightenment and finding our path in life to prosper in harmony. The series represents birth, growth, and maturity of consciousness; starting off from a personal level all the way up to embracing the uniqueness of individuals forming a singular conscience. 

Göbeklitepe, Stonehenge, and Karahan Tepe are the primary inspirations for the series, as I connect my personal journey with our common heritage. All ancient temples serve the same purpose for all humanity. They should be treated and perceived as connected regardless of their location or timeline. If you look up to the sky and see how these temples align with the stars that show us the path, you will embrace all human beings as your own. We are the reflections of our ancestors on Earth. 

Goddess of Liberty, 2023
Woodcut on canvas
47.5″ x 47.5″