Phenology - Stories from my Garden
Bilkent Library Gallery, Ankara
01/03/2012 - 04/04/2018
Situated on the eastern shores of the Aegean Sea, Izmir and the Aegean region of Turkey is a natural paradise. In this area, the long hot summers and mild winters offer the ideal growing conditions for a diverse range of plants, flowers, and trees. For this series of works, I have focused on the fruit trees and flowers in my own garden which I have researched and recorded over the various seasons of the year.
Developed from a serious of line drawings, the laser cut studies entitled “Phenology I” explore the seasonal changes in the various fruit trees in the garden. After the dormant winter months, tiny buds begin to appear from which the flowers slowly begin to emerge. After flowering, the leaves appear and the fruit begins to develop and slowly ripen through the spring and summer months.
In “Phenology II”, 3-dimensonal collage collates flowers, leaves and the fruit of the various trees into one complex multi-layered composition creating an arrangement of abundant vegetation.
The “Flora I” triptych of illustrated 3-dimensonal studies of miniature flowering plants offers a view into the minute detail of this botanical. Leaves, stems, and petals have been recreated in pen, marker, and paper collage.