Aslier, Mustafa

Our Mother, c. 1960

Image for Our Mother, c. 1960

In Aslier’s etching Our Mother, a stylized, frontal female figure holds a boy and a girl. Suspended in the sky above is a male/female face alluding to nature’s fecundity, which is underscored by the mother’s bare breasts and the field she stands in. Dressed in native Turkish costume, she wears a richly embroidered sash and an apron inscribed with lines from a folk song. The figures are bracketed by a plant and a turtle—recurring motifs in Aslier’s oeuvre that symbolize food and water, the stuff of life.

Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions 19 5/8 x 13 5/8 in.
Donor Gift of Abby Weed Grey
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Object ID G1975.223

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Collection Years: 1960