Born in 1964 in Istanbul, Kajal started her artistic life in Istanbul Conservatory’s Drama department, then moved to Izmir for university and worked in the State Theater. After attending 9 Eylul University’s Business Administration & Marketing Department and working at the Izmir State Theater, she decided to pursue her dream of being an illustrator.
She attended San Francisco University’s summer art program on “experimental drawing”. She then moved to New York to study Digital Art and Illustration in Digital Art Department at New York’s Parsons School of Design. She worked in New York and Seattle after gradutaing.
Kajal moved back to Turkey in 2007 since then she has been living and working there as a freelance artist and designer, and writing her children’s books. Her first published book is co-written with Remzi Uzel and titled “Light Girl Ida”. Her second book published by Soyer Culture and Art Factory is titled: “Flower That Doesn’t Know Its Name”.
Kajal expresses her artistic practice as the following:
As Virginia Woolf once stated: “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” This feeling of “˜belonging nowhere but everywhere’ is the essence of my life and art. Hence every work is a new journey that I anticipate with unspeakable joy and without worrying about the destination. My works combine elements of collage and digital photo-manipulation and digital illustration to produce dreamy images that reflect a different type of reality: My own. To me, art is breathing, taking a break from unbearable facts of the world. So that, I can transform the sorrow into a new energy form. By deconstructing, changing and combining the found images and my own photography, I aim to create a fictional imagery. This dreamy world reflects my own reactions to the facts that I personally experience, or pass by, or just observe from a distance. I describe this whole process as “˜consolation through the colors of dreams’.