Nilbar Güreş

My totems and me as a totem


  • Nilbar Güreş, My Totem and Me as a Totem, 2013

    Collage, watercolour, fabric, adhesive film, colour pencil on paper

    130 x 190 cm, framed 133,2 x 191,2 cm

A totem might be a symbol or sign for a very specific relation between a human being or between a group of individuals to nature, be it an animal or a river, mountain or natural phenomenon like rain or thunder. The many different elements depicted in the large collage might have such personal function for the artist. There are specific landscapes, fabrics as used in some of her performances or birds, which might carry a special memory. In such a way the work can be read as a self portrait.

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