Lost and Discarded Objects
I started picking up these objects off the streets in Spring 2016 around the neighbourhood where I live in Berlin. I didn't know why I was attracted by them, apart from their bright colours and interesting forms. I stopped picking them up for a year or so, but started collecting again in Summer 2017 in the view of making artworks. I was really (and still am) fascinated with these objects, so I went deeper to find out the reasons.
My fascination can be now explained in 3 ways:
1. Artistically, the objects are very “plough-able” as a material or reference to work with. No two objects are the same, even if they are the same type, for e.g. cigarette lighters. Moreover, you can pick them up anytime and anywhere just by walking on the streets, they cost free. I think they are really great for anyone's creative and imaginative pursuits.
2. Anthropologically, they encapsulate the era we're currently living, the era of plastics and conveniences. They are the products of humans innovations, but the ones that also cause environmental disasters.
3. And finally, something from the Heart. My fascination with these objects, I think, linked to the unresolved disappointment I experienced as a child; the bright, resourceful and resilient child (just like these objects) who was discriminated against because of her gender. In many ways, these objects reminds me of the “imperfect child” as they are broken, dented and weathered. And by adopting and caring for them, I gave the dignity and acknowledgement back to them.
Today, these objects have become one of the major influence in my works, and the connection I made with these objects (approx. 500 pieces) has been translated into photography, painting, installation, workshop and performance.
(Lost and Discard Objects, 2016 - Present)