CYCLES OF NATURE:

Continuity and Equilibrium

2018-2019

 

This project is centered around the continuity between life and death.

The organism’s self-repair and the balance nature obtains in the long run constitute the backbone of this narrative questioning what it means to remember and forget in this context.

One of the resources that inspired this project was David Ruelle’s book  “Chance and Chaos”. In the book, Ruelle states that tiny changes that are formed in the structure of the turbulence can lead to a much bigger change in time. This series of work researches the effects of natural elements like wind and water that have turbulence and the potential of turbulence. The fragile nature of the works that is affected by its environment, that is alive and that is open to change and progress makes these works the subject of turbulence.

Ivy

2018

Fine art prints on aluminium, ivy, glass jar and water

50x31,5  48x27,5 and 36x46 cm

 

The ivy from the artist’s home connects to three cropped images from a black and white family photo of the artist. The ivy with its tangling, proceeding and resistant nature connects these fragmented images, 30 years of time gap, life and death. The work relates to the transposition of womanhood and tradition in the family: Natures regenerates. The roots of the ivy is in water instead of soil but the ivy is green and lively. It relates to living a different womanhood in comparison to previous generations, adapting to new conditions, being disconnected from the land and being more mobile.

Feet

2018

Styrofoam, glass container and water.

 

The life size feet of the artist carved out of styrofoam float on water in a glass jar. Just like all beings, they have found a way to carry on. Their lightness prevents them from sinking. This is a humble sculpture of miracles or being able to proceed at times when its impossible to flow with life’s rhythm.

Forough

2018

Dijital Print on vellum paper, industrial fans

Dimensions variable

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/298958875

 

Forough is composed of over a 1000 portrait photographs of taxidermied birds from the collection of Natural History Museum of Istanbul St.Joseph French High school. Freres started building this collection towards the end of 19th century in then Ottoman Empire capital Istanbul to make a record of the natural resources of the region. They continued building this collection until 1960’s in Turkey with Anatolian animals. The photographed and decoupaged portraits of birds are printed on vellum paper and 2 industrial fans are creating an artificial wind that makes these images flap without leaving their surface. This creates a sound reminiscent of bird’s wings and a motion like murmurations.

 

Forough is a flying archive, representing individual lives that have been restricted, left devoid of freedom or lost, being reduced to a single photograph. The title of the work comes from the first name of Iranian women poet Forough Farrokhzad and her famous line:  “Keep the flight in mind, the bird may die”.

The Eraser

2018

Sound Design: Yalın Özgencil

Styrofoam, silicone, antenna and recorded sound

85x32x20 cm

The sound of the eraser is at:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilooz8wcefvxhp3/Silgi_2dk_bosluk.mp3?dl=0 

 

The Eraser with an antenna is a machine which tries to forget but also remember at the same time. It is a portrait of George Perec as much as an auto-portrait of the artist herself. Perec was a survivor of second world war who encountered intolerable losses due to the war. He wrote about his life without recalling the negative events directly. In his book W or The Memory of a Childhood, Perec writes about the limited amount of memories he has of his childhood and a dystopian imaginary land called W that he used to fantasize about as a child. Being in form of a common Pelikan eraser, a familiar object from 80’s and early 90’s, this work has a sound looking for the right frequency, signaling to find, to be found, reunited and reached.

Astronomical Movements

2019

26’ creative documentary film 

 

Astronomical Movements is a creative documentary on the workings of the universe.

Veli Altıntaş, a retired geography teacher from Denizli, a small town in Turkey, explains the workings of the universe on a high school level. His lectures from his living room lead into the life of a family who wears planet masks on their faces. The life of the family is composed of improvised shootings of ordinary events. Now and again, tension and conflict experienced outside interrupt the routine of the family but life goes on in its great order.

 

The movements of the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are independent from all suffering and joy on Earth. Astronomical Movements makes its way through this contradiction.