Between Love, 2016. Wood, MDF board, Paint, Leather Cord, Assorted Horse bits. 8' x 10' x 10'. Artist visualizes the tension between loving an animal and subjugating said animal.
Burgazada Ride, 2016. Digital Video.
Excerpt from a 30 minute carriage ride around the island of Burgazada, one of the Prince Islands, off the coast of Istanbul. No motor vehicles are permitted on the island therefore the locals utilize horse-drawn carriages or bicycles for transport. The driver, Fatiyh, is a third generation carriage owner and driver. The hardware and carriage attached to the horses was handmade by his grandfather.
Empathy Drawing no. 3, 2016. Graphite on paper. 11" x 17".
The artist conducted interviews, presenting participants with a list of questions translated into Turkish. The participant then answered the questions as the artist sat across from them. The language barrier presented a unique opportunity to "map" the empathy in the conversation by paying close attention to body language and other gestural nuances. The artist mapped this in graphite and then translated the drawings into fiber sculptures (below).
Empathy Sculpture no. 3, 2016. Mixed media. 38" x 19" x 4".
All materials were produced in Turkey. The artist translated the preceding line drawing into a fiber sculpture using a technique called "shirring".
Empathy Sculpture no. 3, 2016. (detail)