London Art Biennale 2015
I was very pleased to receive 1st Prize for Applied Art at London Biennale 2015.
It took place in Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London.
These are some pictures of me receiving the award.
This work is made of three pieces of carved wood. The top round piece represents the human head thinking about past, present and future. I created it as a symbol of the human condition.
In the present moment a human is a collection of their past experiences, present awareness and future wishes.
The central curved shape represents the passage of one human life. In every moment this life connects the past, present and future, flowing through time like a river. Running through the central curved piece are many different segments with abstract images and portraits. Each represents significant events and relationships that formed the life. The bottom round piece contains many images representing memories of past experience. It poses the question “how can we forget?”
The central theme is that throughout any life there will be things that go wrong and things that go right, their will be good choices and bad choices, opportunities taken and opportunities missed, good behaviour and bad behaviour. Our experience shapes us and we cannot forget our passing. As for one human, so for all humanity. The human race may make social, technological, and cultural progress, but I wonder if this creates a better world or whether there is an endless cycle of repeating the same old mistakes in every century.
Many people stopped by and we enjoyed talking about the meaning of the work.
I explain that I purchase a tree in the mountains in Turkey. I took it in a truck to the sawmill and had it sliced, before drying it for about 18 months. Then I had it sanded before carving, priming and preparing for painting. It is a long process.
Once again I met many artist friends at this exhibition. We all had a great time at the cocktail party held in Gagliardi Gallery.