needlework, crocheted flowers, paper, felt
85 x 98 cm
Two years ago due to an illness, Atakan was again homebound. When she felt up to short walks, she did photographic documentation of trees in Macka Park across from her apartment. As she continues her exploration into the relationship between word and image, during the 2020 pandemic lockdown, for this piece, Our Endless Debt to Plants, she used these photographs and took inspiration from Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder’s 2016 book, “Through Vegetal Being: Two Philosophical Perspectives”. Like them, she believes perhaps we can be lifted out of the present environmental disaster by realizing the need for, listening to the silent language of, and taking examples from the networking and collaboration that can be seen in the plant world.