Hi, I am Ece of so ece.

so ece is the baby of crushed dreams and a pandemic. 

It sounds a little backwards but here is what happened: 

I am a live events industry professional of twenty years who migrated to Los Angeles from Turkey about a decade ago. After years of typical immigrant struggles, misfortunes, stubbornness and hard-work, I got the dream job and started on March 2nd, 2020. One week later a global pandemic was declared and I got laid off with no hope of going back or finding a job in my profession anywhere else as a large-scale event producer. 

Life has a funny way of tipping you out of your comfort zone. When the lockdown began, I found solace in painting. I mean, frantic, neurotic, non-stop painting. I was mostly coping with the sense of loss of my career and the feeling of unknown. As a kid I was very interested and good at art. Like many I was encouraged to pursue more "stable" careers by my parents and this became a long forgotten passion. With the sensory deprivation the COVID19 lock down brought, I connected with my inner world in a way I was not able to do before. The more I painted the more I fell in love with painting (or remembered my love for painting) and started selling my work. More and more people asked to purchase my art and I decided to open shop. Now museum quality, giclée prints of my art work is available at www.so-ece.com and I can't remember how I lived without painting before. 

At so ece, I am telling stories and feelings that do not exclusively belong to or need to be validated by any class, group, institution, or tradition. If I create something and that resonates with one person, we are connected and I am happy. We are made to believe we are not good enough and my main motive is to portray the beauty of the ordinary. In my art, I find myself reflecting concepts of self-acceptance, inner peace, self-actualization and female empowerment as well as elements of my bi-cultural background as a Turkish artist living in Los Angeles. 

If you want to know more about my story you can check this interview out: Voyage LA - Meet Ece Yildirok.

Considering all, it is fair to say my style is impressionist and a bit art brut, but please don’t wait for me to die to check out my art. Welcome to so ece!