“We are a way for the universe to know itself,” says Carl Sagan, the American astronomer. It is as if the cosmos, in its loneliness, has created an instrument to look at itself through it. In this sense, each human action, from procreation, war, destruction, creation to even the present series, can be the outcome of the universe’s reaction to itself.
The infinity of existence never ceases to be awe-inspiring to me and I have always looked at it with a sense of longing; things that cannot be obtained cannot be controlled. With a yearning for the future or a memory from the past, they constantly remind me that they are unattainable, and, through time, they are going to be out of reach. Time that will inevitably pass, shaping the existence with all its multifariousness, through constant destruction and reconstruction, as in the emergence of stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, planets, life, and so on.
The passing of time has always played a significant role in how my works are shaped, dealing with it in a different way each time around, whether when I include it in the process of imagination or when I take it as a basis for creating images. By adding or removing material and transforming through chemical processes, my works always have an undertone of destruction and reconstruction, highlighting the relation between material and time. There are incidents that become decisive through the process, redefining the painterly elements and forms. Sometimes I have to stand back and wait as I look at the image covered with material and constantly guess its final form, until enough time passes as to removing material. I do this repeatedly until the desired world is formed. It is something like the humanity’s struggle to know the existence that manifests itself to us in a different way each time we look at it. It is as if a different kind of existence is created in painting as a new exploration and thought begins. I am going to carry on with the process that has shaped my works so far, because I believe in time and I think these changes are part and parcel of the mechanism of existence.