Bilge Ugursu: The Abstract Alchemist

In the heart of Berlin’s abstract art scene, Bilge Ugursu’s “Under the See” serves as a portal between the world we navigate and the unseen depths of our psyche. This mixed media piece, framed within the dimensions of 40 by 50 centimeters, pushes the viewer to the edge of traditional art perception, offering a duality that is both a canvas and a digital window.

Bilge’s work is a quest to unravel the intertwining of art perception and mental health, a poignant exploration that questions, “How does the perception of art relate to the mental state of its viewers?” It’s a challenge to societal norms, a call for awareness, and a move towards a more inclusive society where mental health issues and social alienation are not just recognized but addressed with the dignity they deserve.

Facing rejection from esteemed institutions Bilge channels these experiences into a robust dialogue on artistic resilience and self-esteem. “Under the See” is a reflection of the depressive states that can follow such rejections, an empathetic stroke that connects the artist and the audience in shared understanding.

Bilge’s enthusiasm for the Salon des Refusées is a testament to the power of collective support among artists who turn the tide of rejection into a constructive foundation for mutual empowerment. Her submission is a beacon, guiding through the murky waters of doubt and isolation to a harbor of collective recognition and respect.


The “Salon de Refusées” is an art initiative inspired by the historic 1863 Paris exhibition. It’s a platform celebrating female (read) artists who’ve faced rejection, turning exclusion into empowerment. Our project is dedicated to showcasing art in its most authentic form, creating a space where diverse voices and stories are seen and revered. Join us in this artistic uprising, where each piece adds to our resilience and the unyielding spirit of creativity. Participate in our Open Call and be part of this transformative journey.