January 1, 2018 –
Merve Morkoc is a Turkish illustrator based in Istanbul. She graduated with a degree in graphic design from Mimar Sisan Fine Arts University. She describes her work as "ugly as a concept, yet charming as a package." Thin, young, model-like characters with the types of faces and bodies that line the pages of fashion magazines are her primary subjects. However, Morkoc alters the women's appearances with disturbing, fantasy-like disfigurations. Initial attraction quickly becomes repulsion. Morkoc waves the illusion of beauty before the viewer's face and rips it away like a veil, revealing the strange Frankenstein-esque details she has added to her characters.