Renin Bilginer, b.1993 is an emerging contemporary artist from London, with dual British and Turkish heritage. Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 2019, Renin has been developing her practice at Artist Hive Studios and has recently accepted a place to study MA painting at the Royal College of Art.
Materialising as narrative tapestry-painting, Renin’s practice interrogates how her cultural upbringing influences her life experiences and what it means to exist as a woman between Eastern and Western cultures. The work explores her dual British and Turkish heritage, depicting themes of culture, tradition, class, memory, relationships with people and a human affinity with nature. Influenced by Eastern miniature painting, Turkish Kilim rugs and European Medieval / Renaissance tapestry, Renin’s colourful and theatrical compositions mythologise her experiences and borrow from the historical use of symbolism and iconography. Using mixed media, the relationship between figures, objects and scenery is explored through the correlation or juxtaposition of vibrant colours, mark-making and pattern, resulting in a surreal composition, overlaid with ethereal washes.