Artistic Research on Thoughts
Thoughts exist throughout time. Usually we do not recognise them until we see their consequences. We do not tend to recognise them as action. They do not exist because we do not see them. It begs the question: What are thoughts? We are all the same. My work is based on this sense. An average human has more than 20,000 thoughts per day. Artists, scientists, and philosophers have been trying to grasp the human mind for centuries. As an artist, my concern is thought. Thoughts are hard to measure or conceive, thoughts direct our lives and then disappear with death. This unique material of “thoughts” that cannot be recorded and expressed is the theme of my artistic work.
Human mind is the universe. The universe grows in the similar way as a giant brain – with the electrical firing between brain cells mirrored by the shape of expanding galaxies. The universe is an ocean of unexplained possibilities. Comparisons of the human mind with the universe are often made. In literature and representational arts, in classic cinematography and science, ontology is often paralleled and understood through cosmology. Both the human mind and the universe represent endless topologies of explorations and endeavours. We do not fully comprehend cosmological processes; similarly, we do not comprehend our thoughts. It appears that if we could provide answers in one, we will also find the answers for the other.
My ultimate goal is to create a museum of thoughts. All works I have created so far have been part of this effort. It is surprising that in our societies, where there is an unprecedented multiplicity of spectacles, there is so little space for thoughts. I believe that through my works, which focus on the visualisation and embodiment of thoughts, understanding of ourselves and others can be facilitated. The focus here is not on the appearance of the object, but its genuine relation with its source – for example a memory or a thought. Also, the durability of thought-based objects allows them to be used as heirlooms for future generations. They may be part of a heritage of durable creations that may convey the very fundamental mental states of our times to the generations to come.