Absence of Heads

2013

 

Imagine we would not have heads or brains. We just live like animals; our concerns would be just only to survive. We just like eating, sleeping, fucking, fighting, killing, and overcoming. When I think of dictator governments who control their people and punish or kill them if they do not obey, I think of humans who don’t have heads. They do everything to survive specifically if they see their power in danger.

I used ceramic, bronze and textile in this collection to show vulnerability and power together. In the ceramic or turban series, I dipped the fabric in slip clay then wrapped the turbans on my knee. By the way when I was researching how to make turbans, I figured that there are some courses for wrapping turbans which they need to pass. The turban’s fabric is 6 meters and they use their knees to make them. After wrapping the wet cloth around my knee, I let it dry then put them in kilns. The fabric in the clay burnt away and the clay remained. But this clay is so fragile. Some of them have already broken in moving. I used my own headcover to make the ceramic headcover out of clay. My black headcover burnet away and only the cold and fragile memory of it left over.