On March 25, 2021 we were invited into the Studio of Ekin Aytac and Joshua Davids.
Ekin Deniz Aytac and Joshua Davids are a collective husband and wife team of artists working in glass. Hailing from Edremit, Turkey and Colorado, USA respectively, this dynamic duo draws from a unique combination of culture, heritage, and experience to elicit profound expression in new works of glass art. They have lived, travelled, and created artwork together since 2014.
The signature body of work ‘Cityscapes’ is a sculptural exploration offering reflections on the nature of self as it relates to the places and things that shape our experience. Drawing on both modern and ancient mythos as well as a meditation on the causal relationship between set and setting, the artists weave a new visual tapestry of form, light, and color. Glass is a unique medium because of both its elemental nature and inherent optic qualities such as refraction, dispersion, transmission, and reflectivity – which speak directly to the movement of light within a material. Shared interests in light/color, architectural and geometric pattern, nature, and narrative help guide the formal elements of each object as we build layers and deconstruct the bubble. In the deconstruction, traditional vessel forms are manipulated into unconventional objects used to evoke landscapes viewed from a unique perspective. The variety of hot glass color applications, diamond cutting, and sand engraving coalesce and together represent the visual rhythms of a world we inhabit together.