Hamdullah Aydoğan / Şeyhmus Bartan

Hamdullah Aydoğan graduated from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture in 2002. He worked as an art teacher at TED College between 2002-2004. He participated in Sculpture Project of Nusaybin Mitanni Culture Center between 2006-2008,  Monumental Sculpture Project of Nusaybin Municipality in 2010, Diyarbakır Merwani Art Street Sculpture Project between 2011-12, Relief Workshop of Nusaybin City Museum in 2013 and finally, he worked as a sculptor for Nusaybin Municipality Monumental Sculpture Project in 2014. After working for Mardin Museum between 2015-2018, he initiated ArkeoArt Art and Design Workshop in 2019, where he still conducts his work.

Şeyhmus Bartan

Şeyhmus Bartan has been working with stone since 1995. He learned the art under the apprenticeship of Yusuf Kıdır, who trained under Master Eyüp. Today, he has been maintaining and designing the stonework for the interiors and exteriors of numerous public and private buildings in Mardin.


The art of stonework in Mardin and surrounding region, is the engraving of stones that are used in mosques, monasteries, houses and cemeteries  with the rule of a thumb. Mardin stone, compatible with the geographical characteristics of the region, keeps the interiors warm in winters and cool in summers. According to the oral history work that we performed with the stonework masters, we understand the origins of the art, as the masters stated their masters’ masters to be Armenian and Assyrian. The Nahit and Katori type of Mardin and Midyat stones are both suitable for interior and exterior use. More porous stones that are suitable for rough engraving are used on the exterior, while less porous ones that are suitable for fine work are preferred for the interior use. The mortar between the stones is produced from stone’s own dust (ınkara) mixed with lime dust. As it is the case for other handicrafts, stonework has also been giving in to advances in technology, and except for a few masters, the art has mostly been replaced by CNC technology. 


Every individual, regardless of their religion, language, geography, culture and way of thinking, has the right to live up to their own lifestyle, values and expectations. Each person is unique; from their smallest cells to their fingerprints and retinas, besides their colours, languages and genders. Dutch artist Maurice Mikker’s examination on tear tomographies, it is discovered that tear drops differ in form depending on the emotional quality of the occasion; joy or grief or even onion chopping. 

The artwork “Story of Saltwater” is based on the drop motif that is frequently used in Mardin  architecture. The artist intervenes with different materials on top of the drop motifs that are engraved by the artisan on Mardin stone. In the intervention, different motifs within the drop patterns are carved and colored with epoxy cast.