At times, the reality is so familiar that we seize to notice it. I am preoccupied with domestic and daily motifs. I engage with ordinary objects: a bed, a house, a stove, a piano, a bus and so on. By turning them into something different, it appears as though these objects transcend their initial purpose. I erode the familiar and turn it into something alien by transforming the tangible into the abstract and vice versa. In order to reach deep inside, one must step outside their comfort zone and then delve back inwards with a new truth.
Shklovsky, in his essay “Art as Device”, coined the term ‘defamiliarization’– turning the familiar into the unfamiliar. The estrangement of a familiar object is executed by a fresh, surprising, unconventional gaze, through which we seize to recognize and label the object, but rather perceive it as something strange. These are the moments I am drawn to in my works, as I aim to expose the unique quality of things.
The domestic environment serves as a trigger, highlighting the essence of things I engage with; allowing me to expose the cracks in the naïve picture of the world by portraying trivial things. I aim to push the domestic sphere and enhance it with a critical approach; to engage with daily images in a fascinating way.