Elif Soyer



by Artist ELIF SOYER

November 24 - December 18, 2008
The Howard Thurman Center at Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


"I am inspired by aesthetic constructs of the human body. Over the last 15 years I have obsessively played with interpreting and representing this imagery in 2 and 3 dimensions; from eyeballs, to bone structures and now more recently neuronal pathways and chromosomes.

The majority of imagery in my last body of work focused primarily on the process of the neuron and its ability to receive and transmit information. I created information messengers in every piece as a playful and elegant model of the biological neuron and its migratory path. This body of work is mostly 2 dimensional with small digitally generated and mixed media prints and larger acrylic and mixed media paintings. These pieces are a series of fluid images of pathways generated by relay stations, layered to bridge the view from outside to inside the constructed environment. In some of my this I also draw upon my ethnic background heritage to weave in some patterns from traditional Turkish and Islamic imagery. I try and present both a biological past and a current cultural standpoint. I want these images to float around, more like a memory or a personal symbolism.

The latest body of work is slowly going further into the interaction of chemistry, neurons and genetic sequencing. This is also a spring board to explore the relationship between the digital image and the natural forms. I draw, paint and cut out the forms on canvas and paper. Sometimes I create three-dimensional stuffed objects of the forms. I then pull this work into various digital formats and continue working with them there. After this transformation I create new pieces based on what I have learned digitally and explore the new forms and environments on the canvas or paper or other non-digital media. After the paintings bridge the digital and the natural, I then re-enter the images from the canvas into the computer and work with them digitally to form a new synthesis. I am fascinated at how after going through so many permutations, the imagery I achieve digitally seems to be so close to what very powerful microscopes are seeing and capturing within the human body.

In short, my focus, fascination and obsession is with how we as humans view our own biology as we study ourselves and how no matter how clearly we see the parts, we are still not quite sure how they work together so we continue to explore." -- Elif Soyer



Monday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed on weekends

Co-presented with The Howard Thurman Center at Boston University