'mirror remembers'
Jan 27 — Feb 25

staircase is an experimental space from curious collaborators. The project transforms an ordinary apartment hallway into a series of exhibitions.

Enter the blue door to discover art installations and connect with artists in an unassuming destination.

mirror remembers

Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen

January 27 – February 25, 2024


Blossom of Choice, Still
Blossom of Choice, Still
Blossom of Choice, Still
Tide of Grip, Still
Tide of Grip, Still

Dear You

The words are hesitant.
  Fired in the experience-oven,
  they make us take form
  like water in a glass.

When we faced each other
  on that table, speaking gibberish,
  letters wearing the shadows, breath on,
  dropping from our tired mouths
  like vomit, we listened but did not hear,
  we looked but did not see.

The moment I saw myself
  in the mirror I knew it,
  then I forgot
  & that was 34 years ago.

The mirror though, it remembered
  & showed me the constant change.
  Through time as my roots grew
  stronger, thicker, reaching deeper
  in the black waters of my mourning
  everything suddenly stopped.

The balance was off
  when I became a star in the sky.
  The time stretched legs
  & we got blind
  or it was all cosmic dust.

As you stared at that tree
  in front of that window,
  my roots touched yours
  under the ground.

Although we did not serve them tea,
  they were still here to stay,
  the shadows I mean,
  & the sun was there behind the clouds
  though it was all gray
  & it did not really matter.

Like flowers, your thoughts existed
  only as long as their soil received
  water & they were so beautiful
  hanging on that sad ceiling window,
  with strangers gathering
  around to celebrate.

As you moved your hand,
  heavy with all those lines,
  the candle was silent.
  With hair like a veil in front of your eyes
  you hardly saw it,
  but potentially sensed it.

When taking a step forward
  through the curtain,
  we heard the cracking sound
  of radio-like ghosts
  from the parallel universe.

We held hands
  & that was it
  —we arrived.

–Naz Cuguoğlu

About the artist

Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen is an artist working in video, animation and drawing. Her work delves into and portrays the impact of both conscious and subconscious on the development of perception, and the structure of language and identity through the lens of it. In addition, the artist explores the superconscious mind of existence, the liberation from the limitations of self-concept and ego, and examines the balance between these two self states. 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. She lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco.

About the poem

Naz Cuguoğlu is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco and Istanbul. Currently, she works as a curator at Asian Art Museum. / @tugceevirgen.zmen

Press Release


mirror remembers
Tuğçe Evirgen Özmen
January 27, 2024
My Roman Empire
rel robinson
November 3, 2023
Léonie Guyer
September 15, 2023
sew your echo
Isabella Manfredi
July 14, 2023
sew your echo, Isabella Manfredi - Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 2023 | 7–10 pm
Teeth of the Wolf
Jenna Garrett
April 7, 2023
Grave by Jenna Garrett
Cabin by Jenna Garrett
Cave, 2022 by Jenna Garett
Rat Snake, 2022 by Jenna Garett
Hood, 2022 by Jenna Garett
some gamut
Laura Figa
January 15, 2023
Photo of staircase hallway
propositional variation xiii by Laura Figa
chiasmus i by Laura Fig
chiasmus iii by Laura Figa
propositional variation xiii by Laura Figa
chiasmus iii by Laura Figa
chiasmus i by Laura Figa
propositional variation xiii by Laura Figa
chiasmus ii by Laura Figa
Photo of staircase landing


Photo of Lindsay Albert
Lindsay Albert
Photo of Ivana Colendich
Ivana Colendich