Ashes to Dust

Merve Seçkin

Merve Seçkin's "Ashes to Dust" series is about the power of the visually self-attracting photographs and the experiences in a place where the photographs exactly sustain. The artist read "The Left Hand of The Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin and tried to portray the unknown planet there, and thus created a "new world" literally.  

The name of the book comes from a poem:

"Light is the left hand of darkness

and darkness the right hand of light.

Two are one, life and death, lying

together like lovers in kemmer,

like hands joined together,

like the end and the way."

The first example of legends, poems, and philosophy are -although it has disguised in different names - always based on the war of opposites. These oppositions emerge from the same fundamental: like the couple, Gaia and Uranus representing the earth and sky; the brothers, Apollo and Dionysus; Day and Night represented as friends who salute each other but never stay in the same room. All those representations actually express a very inner, instinctive fact: none of us is absolutely good or bad, and these two melt in our personality, give birth to each other and clash with each other. "The Left Hand of The Darkness" also build the same story through coaliting the light and the darkness in the same body. The purpose of this coaliting is to portray a planet where there are no distinctions: there is no sex, ethnic identity, and social status (their concept of art and philosophy would be very intriguing).  Merve Seçkin adds this story to her unique, visually very strong lights and clouds of dust which fascinate and absorb the audience. In the darkness, but not the darkness, because, "a white, vast ice desert" is a sign of everything that can happen.