Title: Blinking-Blindness

Sculpture - Floor-Level Installation

MATERIALS: Ink, Acrylic And Hand-printed Typography On Plaster

DIMENSIONS: 90 pieces each 7x 7cm / total installation 180 x 180cm

YEAR: 2021

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BOUT THE WORK:


As an artist, I ask many questions about ourselves and our sense of each other. While our obstacles and problems don't have easy solutions. I think it is as important to ask the right questions. How do we know we know? At heart, Blinking-Blindness inspires by a discovered phenomenon in human brain function. The study indicates that blinks are short unconscious gaps in visual perception in the relation between memory and seeing. But there is a common belief that we constantly see as long as we are not sleeping, while the study shows we-human spend a high percentage of our life with our eyes closed which gives us constant blindness that we barely even notice. This not-knowing and not-feeling on one hand is power but on another hand is an illusion. The assumption shapes our reality because our brain reflects that to us. In the moment of darkness, in the blinking process, our brain projects a saved image from our last see to our blind situation creating an illusional belief of constant seeing. Bringing the notion of that thought to the sense of communication and the concept of words raises various questions and thoughts in perception. Within this exploration, I asked where we are in this narration. How do we communicate? What is the role of perception in the formation of communication where we caught the mirage as easily as the actual scenery and how much we can rely on our invented signs and sounds for sharing our feelings and thoughts? Putting that in today's form of communication, expand many questions about why while today we are surrounded by numerous ways of communication— yet, there is a high potential for all of us to feel hurt and vulnerable for not being heard. What we missed? where we are?


Through a metaphorical approach 180 x 180 cm sculpture installation composes 90 pieces of eyeballs. The 90 comes from a numerical association of times an average person blinks in a day. The piece embodies the blinking action on the floor level of a viewer's standing position. The viewers are a part of the work and their standing-point or walking trace becomes an element of the work interpretation. By walking around the still objects (eyeballs) a stop-motion-like blinking action accrues in the existence of the viewer to emphasise the importance of position in the sense of perception.


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ABOUT THE SERIES


At heart, all languages are a poor translation of feelings.

Today, we are surrounded by voices and noises —numerous ways for communication— yet, there is the potential for all of us to feel hurt and vulnerable for not being heard as the conceptions of words in many forms are lost in virtual and literal realities— unheard and untouched. The HANDS, HEARTS, SKINS, EYES- series through metaphorical observation and poetical approaches, strive to understand this invisible side of language (words) —feeling and perception— referencing the human mind and body through the lens of science.