I was traveling in France, visiting an older friend after discovering my husband's infidelity. Carol left me alone at her pool to go prepare dinner. When I saw the empty chair next to the pool, I was flooded with metaphoric thoughts. To me, this picture visually mediates the deep rooted feelings of tension, standing between two places of pain and healing.
- Stara Gradiška
In this abstract work i am capturing fragment of melting ice resembling a humanoid form. Dancing with the sound of melting snow and water droplets hitting the ground, creating a calm melody for me and my subject. I observe his movement while it melts on a warm sunlight, and his last dance comes to an end. Music from our surroundings becomes more intense, until he performs his grand finale move where my flash lightens his stage. The music disappears, and he with it.
Editing my photographs allows me to alter the images until the vision is achieved. Themes of transformation and limits show up. Form and function of objects are transformed. Transformation and resistance of the object. There is a back and forth conversation with the work that questions limits. It is my way of exploring the complexity of the form, endowing it with other meanings.
Genre painting is defined in the genre of art history literature as the productions made with paint on canvas that present the daily life shaped in the home space to the viewer. I take my dynamics from standing against the traditionalism in which genre painting associates assigned female figures with a specific space or a specific job description. I question the visual transformation of the feminine objects in the house sites in Turkey as a visual theme for the idiom “Latch string is always out” or “You have a place on my head,” which is an attitude of tolerance in Turkish tradition with linguistic integration. I try to associate my personal impressions with objects I randomly find in Istanbul during my photography production. In terms of production attitude, I reproach the planned creation of the traditional notion with the flow, present the idea of having defined sexual identities in the flow metaphorically, and aim to invite people to think about objects.
- United Kingdom
This dramatic landscape shows the death, who is ready for a party, to celebrate the end of the world because climate change. She is wearing a sensual long dress, surrounded by a feather snake, her companion on the left is a skull of a dead deer, who represents the extinction of all animals and in the middle of the painting, there is a group of cactus created as a strong human family, they are resilient and they are giving us hope of a better future if we want to save our Earth, where we all are living right now. It is still time to change and to keep our planet safe and healthy.
- United States
- Puerto Rico
PCOS is a photographic project that records my journey since March 2021, when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Through an exploration of the self, I analyze my condition, how it manifests in my body, my mind, and the experience of regulating it.
PCOS, in its most simple forms, is a condition that only female-born women can experience. The leading diagnosis notices multiple ovarian cysts in the ovaries. However, PCOS extends further and complicates many areas of the female reproductive system such as an irregularity in your hormones, insulin level and menstruation cycles. Other symptoms may be excess hair growth, acne, obesity, inflammation, excess androgen, and dark patches in the skin, among others. Bodily and mental complications include infertility, diabetes, natural miscarriages, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, mood swings, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, abnormal uterine bleeding, and endometrial cancer. Because of the different components of the condition, the photographs were taken around four categories: body, mind, treatment and food. Together the photographs present to the viewer a fragmented image of my body and my PCOS.
Learning about the condition and its complications came as a shock but also gave me a sense of reassurance. After 22 years, I finally feel like I am making progress towards truly connecting and controlling my body. The diagnosis made me spiral into a deep investigation of why it took so long to determine a condition that affected every aspect of my life, and in that investigation I was taken aback about how many women go undiagnosed, the gaslighting that the healthcare system in the USA consistently presents to women of color and the difference between the diagnosis of male and female doctors.
KIT(s)chen is an artwork which explores women's multiple everyday roles. Housewife, mother, dauther, sister, a woman. Women still searching for equality, still fighting for their freedom, for their right to live for themselves, to love whomever they please. Still fight for freedom of action.
To define yourself and set your own boundaries is a long and hard process. KIT(s)chen is a comment on the deformations and distortions produced by the modern feminism.
Image from my ongoing series 'Hoofdeiland', started in 2021.