artist statement

Gökcen Dilek Acay brings together works in different mediums, connected with her extensive research on the evolution of Homo sapiens and notion of power. She employs an unusual variety of media, such as hair, soap, crochet and mechanical sculptures, through which she creates an environment that interlaces the organic and the inorganic, the animate and the inanimate. Acay invites the viewers to contemplate the origin, the past and the possible future of human kind. Instead of limiting her works as mere art objects, Acay considers them as archeological artefacts from a natural museum. Inspired by the history of Homo sapiens’ emergence, the artist examines the notions of authority, obedience, hierarchy and control mechanisms. Acay investigates the possibility of an alternative image for the origin of mankind and civilization.