Damla was born in Istanbul, Turkey and has been living in the United States for over ten years. In 2011, she graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Printmaking and Photography. She is deeply invested in developing her own work as well as teaching and assisting in collaborative projects. In addition to receiving multiple scholarships for the arts, Damla has exhibited her work in various cities in the United States such as Baltimore, MD, Columbus, OH, and Minneapolis, MN.
Damla was the Artist in Residence at Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier in Amsterdam, Netherlands during Summer 2011. She completed a project titled "Multicultural Underground" as well as teaching workshops to artists in Stone Lithography.