Selin's work is classified as bio-art, a new direction in contemporary art that employs living organisms. The marriage of her formal science and art education let her exploit this relatively new practice. She uses live microscopic mold that leaves physical inscriptions by direct contact on the surface of the paper, which creates a living platform. This artificially constructed platform serves not only as a vivarium for mold, but also a living studio in which unseen life forms emerge. Simultaneously natural and artificial, this platform provides a stage on which she acts as creator and curator. Merging traditional mediums with highly patterned and colored mold, she creates lushly visual and interactive biological landscapes.
Balci’s many accolades include the prestigious College Art Association (CAA) Professional-Development Fellowship, Goldhaber Travel Grant from University of Maryland, Hamiltonian Gallery Fellowship, numerous selections as a semifinalist and finalist for Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Prize, Smack Mellon's Hot Picks Artist Award and Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) fellowship. Numerous galleries have mounted solo and group exhibitions of Balci’s work including the Hamiltonian Gallery, DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center), WPA (Washington Project for the Arts), ConnerSmith Gallery, Honfleur Gallery in Washington, D.C; Rush Arts Gallery and Smack Mellon in NY. Balci earned her BSc from Istanbul University, BFA from West Virginia University and MFA from University of Maryland