Tugce Evirgen Ozmen

Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen is a filmmaker and artist making experimental short films, video installations and drawings. 

Her works serve as visual representations of intricate spiritual concepts and the interconnectedness of human psychology. She particularly delves deeply into the 'being' state—the awakened state of consciousness, the essence, beyond the limitations of self-concept and ego—, the ‘self’ (self-concept/ego), and the existential balance between the two. The impact of both consciousness and subconscious states on the formation of perception, the construction of language and identity, and how it can be and does transcend itself are the main areas in which she portrays her interest through the lens of it.

She relies on an unconventional, metaphoric, and dream-like quality of narrative using a combination of techniques including live action, 2D animation, CGI, and compositing. She has shown her works in group shows both in Istanbul and the Bay Area, and had her first solo exhibition recently at staircase series in San Francisco. She graduated with a BA in Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University in Turkey and an MFA in animation/vfx/compositing in Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. She lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco.