Duruman’s journey towards acceptance and comprehension of her sexuality led to a deep exploration of the properties of sexual identity, the body, culture, and love. Through her abstract depictions of the female body, she often demonstrates a detachment between one’s self and one’s physical and emotional experiences and presents sexuality as a bridge between the body and the mind. Her impassioned images hover at the intersection of abstraction and figurative painting and imbue her bodies with an impassioned physicality.
Duruman’s paintings are driven both by an intuitive fascination with the visual interplay of colors and forms that began in her childhood, and a desire to showcase her findings on sexuality and selfhood. Many of her works are self-portraits showing the painter inwardly observing representations of her body and sensory experiences.