Turkish artist Nilo's work combines oil paints, canvas, and sheet metal with a depth of human observation and introspection. Her large-scale paintings explore the relationships between art and artifice, often using repetition to highlight the absurdity of everyday costume. Likewise, Nilo's grandiose compositions are coupled with photorealism-influenced brushwork to produce a larger-than-life experience that still retains her subject's individuality. The intimacy of this experience is further explored through the hanging displays and cutout canvases fitted to the shape of her figures.
Though largely realistic in style, Nilo's paintings have a quality of avant-garde and ironic surrealism. This is apparent both thematically and compositionally, but is particularly vivid in the unusual juxtapositions that Nilo uses to obscure her subjects. These can easily take the form of out-of-place objects (like a well-placed scorpion) or of more abstract designs applied to portraiture. The use of metal in the place of canvas is another step towards the experimental, and is most apparent in Nilo's characteristic gradients of even-toned colors, which add uniformity and depth to the most obscure juxtapositions.