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SILA GUVEN

'Space'

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I am interested in cross-cultural interactions as well as in Popular Science. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different history, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. I believe that as an artist I should create a bridge between science and art. I am following in astronomical discoveries. I begin to study Nebula’s as a form of Art. I use natural materials such as soil, linen ropes that signifies the Earth on my painting.

Using materials such as, linen ropes and soil meanings are connecting between Earth and Sky. My paintings are taking by Hubble telescope. I am also reading from Brian Green, Stephen Hawking's researches. It has been six months that I begin already to paint and sketch about Nebulas.

I am looking in the Modern Art to surface materiality theories. I am interested in textural surfaces, colour theories and natural materials in processes of art.

 

I am using linen ropes, tree barks and soil in my paintings. I am using these substances - materials from nature for creating a connection space to the Earth. Communicate with painting and material on canvas.

Q & A WITH SILA GUVEN:

CC: Why did you choose science as a focal point in your work?

SG: Since Flippo Brunelleschi there is a connection between art and science. I was always interested in Science and beyond we can see. In my country there isn’t much Museums that’s why I am travelling around the world for visiting. Five years ago, when I was in London I decided to go to the Planetarium. I saw Hubble’s images that I was fascinated with them. I decided to combine my art with scientific discoveries.

CC: What do you think are the major connections between science and art?

SG: Art is witness of today. Before photography we were using for telling mythological and religious stories, then we begin for today’s history. I am presenting my art in today’s scientific discoveries in my own way.

CC: The materials you use are often earthy and natural, please elaborate on these choices.

SG: I am using linen fiber as a symbol of humanity and my own culture. In Turkey linen is an important plant and also it is durable for hundred years. I am using soil, pebble…

CC: What do you hope to get across through your art?

SG: I think of I hope to make attention to these discoveries and to make familiar with science, and to have chance to see in different ways. For example, I am preparing a new solo exhibition to combine space images with first people’s marks from Lascaux’s cave.

CC:The pieces in your featured artwork “Space” seem to merge seamlessly but also carry an

element of distortion at times, why is that?

SG: I am using distortion as a symbol of humanity. Humanity means that there is no perfection. In nature we can see perfection in everywhere but these painting isn’t make for showing nature himself. They are made by human hands. They have also trace of  a specific life time of my own life, thoughts, hope, feelings. Furthermore I am not only using these images, putting me in it.