Projects

TRACE OF NATURE

Come to the forth into the light of things; let the nature be your teacher
William Wordsworths

In the century we are living in, technological developments and urban life make us forget that nature, in other words “natura”, is an important source and guide for us.Instead of reaching out for the essence of this source, we are increasingly moving away from it. Yet, traces that are inscribed everywhere successfully by the nature are overlooked by everyone. Still, these traces accommodate all secrets of the lifecycle.

On the one hand, negative impacts of time and technology on people; and on the other hand, different forms of perception created by popular culture lead to the transformation of sources offered by nature into an object of consumption society. In contemporary societies, people commoditize nature and transform “it” into a remedy for emotional and physical breakdowns. In the hands of the postmodern people, miraculous solutions of “Natura(l) Life” have turned into consumption objects. The cycle of nature per se is presumed to be similar to the urban life style that is artificially constructed by external interventions. As an extension of this understanding, all of “its” components are deconstructed or they disappear due to people’s “eagerness to transform the spontaneous”. However, there is an unnoticed point: the value of a leaf stems from the fact that it falls down only in the autumn. For this reason, it is not possible to intervene in this natural life cycle- and more importantly, it is not necessary to do so.

In nature, every instance has a certain rhythm, which enables self-reproduction. Likewise, occasionally, it is necessary to allow the human body to listen to itself and to seek solutions on its own in order to find its own rhythm. In the postmodern life, the individual disrupts this rhythm and reduces nature into a mere “consumption object” for the sake of making it useful. “Natural life” became a product of popular culture as an addition to the present-day pursuit of the individual for bringing value to herself and her life. The speed of consuming welfare of the nature reached the same speed level with that of any consumption object. Just like other elements of popular culture, natural life and its natural products also became parts of this life style, which is based on speed and consumption.

In our rapidly changing world, when the rhythm and harmony of nature are considered, we can see that nature’s balance is not disrupted despite all the speed and consumption. It can maintain its own rhythm by adapting to every instance. For example, trees do not get depressed and end their lives life just because autumn is approaching!! At this point, adaptation and change become visible. The nature maintains its balance by sometimes changing and sometimes renewing itself. Within this process, by conveying certain “signs” to all living creatures, it enables people to realize this totality and rhythm. We are parts of the nature. The more we investigate and hear nature, the more we realize the existence of scent, color or voice, allowing nature to “communicate” with us. Being informed about the internal cycle of nature, in fact, increases our awareness of thefunctioning of our own internal cycle. In this way, it will enable us to sustain a balanced and peaceful life with an awareness of wealth.

Nature communicates with us through its external appearance in order to make us aware of all these. In the old times, people believed in and studied the hidden signs of nature through their abilities in observation and in reflection, thanks to their intuitions and imaginations. Consequently, it became visible that various plants are both physically similar to an organ in the human body and beneficial for that particular organ. For example, if we examine the internal structure of avocado and a pregnant woman’s womb, we see that they are physically similar; and at the same time, avocado is good for the development of the fetus.

In my previous project, I studied similarities between microscopic cell images and objects of daily life. My current proposed project once again stems from nature. Here, I will examine physical similarities between organs and vegetables-fruits as well as the benefits of the plant for its analogous organ.

In the research phase of the project I want to carry out, I will combine photos, which I took previously, of animal organs and some vegetables-fruits, by using various programs on the computer. The aim is both to emphasize the similarity in the physical structure and to draw attention to the benefits of the same plant for its analogous organ. Besides, I will try to highlight the objectification of plants and of their benefits in popular culture by using the colors, which were preferred in the period of Pop-art movement, and with a critical language towards the “natural life” market that is increasingly becoming consumption centered. As in my previous works, I will exhibit these works in the form of photo-print.