Carbon Blues

Burcu Yağcıoğlu, 1981

Carbon Blues, 2017

Burcu Yağcıoğlu deliberates on the concept of mutability in terms of images, objects, experiences, ideas and forms.

“Carbon Blues” has the same foundation of the concept of loss. The two-piece work also includes worms and designs representing decay. Beyond the visual similarities, notion of disappearance is also shared guiding light. The naked mole rat inside the diamond in the middle of the work is a reference to the extensive use of these mice in scientific experiment. The artist contrasts diamonds, that sought-after gemstone, with the naked mole rat’s place in the culture of biotechnology.


Work on Paper


Pencil, acrylic and watercolor on paper, wooden frames, in two parts


75,5 x 66 cm, 71 x 52 cm

Credit Line

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Collection

Acquired by the Women Artists Fund.

2017 members of the Women Artists Fund

Mehveş Arıburnu, Işık Keçeci Aşur, Berrak Barut, Banu Çarmıklı, Oya Eczacıbaşı, Hatice Meriçten, Beril Miskavi, Meltem Demirören Oktay, Ebru Özdemir, Nesrin Sarıoğlu, Müge Sevil, Rana Erkan Tabanca, Türkan Özilhan Tacir