Yaşam Şaşmazer was born in Istanbul, in 1980. She received her MA in Sculpture from the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts.
She mostly uses the human psyche, its dark or bright side, in her works. Her realistic sculptures question the notions of identity, doppelganger, the self & the other. Her amazing works are willingly deconstructing the clichés and cultural structures that surround these ideas.
In her current works, she deals with the specific relationship between mankind and nature, focusing on its contradictions and malfunctions, which lead her observations to the themes of invasion, decay, ruins, remembrance and transience of memories.
Şaşmazer’s works have been exhibited worldwide in various institutions, galleries, biennials and art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul (Istanbul), Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA, USA), Positions (Berlin), Scope (New York and Basel) or the Xingjiang Biennial (Urumuqi, China). They can be found in many private and public collections, such as Koç Collection (Istanbul) and Olbricht Collection (Berlin, Essen).
She made a solo exhibition in 2015. We saw one of her works, Giant Dwarf at “Sorrowfull and Restless” exhibition with the curation of Derya Yücel. Sorrowfull and Restless were on September 18th and October 15th at Akaretler, Istanbul.