Ayça Koseogullari

Ayça Koseogullari (born in Istanbul, Turkey 1977) lives and works in New York.

Education: 1996 – 2001, The Mimar Sinan University’s Academy of Fine Arts, Istanbul.

Study on “Women, not having the phallus, are seen to “be” the phallus”.

The symbolic version of the phallus, a phallic symbol is meant to represent male generative powers. According to Sigmund Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis, while males possess a penis, no one can possess the symbolic phallus. Jacques Lacan’s Écrits includes an essay titled The Significance of the Phallus which articulates the difference between “being” and “having” the phallus. Men are positioned as men insofar as they are seen to have the phallus. Women, not having the phallus, are seen to “be” the phallus. The symbolic phallus is the concept of being the ultimate man, and having this is compared to having the divine gift of God.

Ayça is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She concentrates on making drawings with graphite pencil on paper.