It must be wonderful to live in a place where you don’t have to worry about what the weather will be like 9 months of the year. The south coast of Turkey gets 300 days of sun a year … and it is another sunny day in Kas. The only small complaint I have about my apartment, which in every other way is wonderful, is that it backs onto the hillside where roosters, hens and chickens, and dogs, live. Ordinarily this would be no problem, but in the early morning – and I mean early – I am woken by the strangled cries of crowing roosters and the insane barking of dogs. First one starts, then they’re all going crazy – who knows why. And this happens without fail every morning so no sleeping in for moi.
Last night I packed up all my gear and headed back to the House Monument Tomb for one more kick at the projection can. This time, mindful of the darkness inside it, I brought candles to provide a bit more illumination for the piece and a flashlight to help me navigate through the rocky hills in the dark. I really like this venue a lot, but dragging all the stuff over there and being a bit worried that someone will come and bother me, means that it’s not the most comfortable experience. And, as darkness falls, the exposure time gets longer and longer (up to a minute each) and it is more difficult to get photos that are in focus. Even so, I love seeing the inside of the tomb and its contents lit up in the candlelight as darkness descends and the lights of the town, which can be seen out the tomb’s narrow doorway, get brighter and brighter. I worked for an hour and a half with two different projections, another version of Beyond the Flesh Dress and Self Portrait with Six Skulls.
Self Portrait with Six Skulls was the last thing I did at the Babayan Culture House in Ibrahimpasa before I left. Since I had become very enamored of my six silver skulls, and it had been a beautiful sunny day there (wonderful after the cold and snow), I wanted to do one final, final piece with them at the ruined cave house. From the many pictures that I took there I selected 24, to represent the 24 hours in a day (signifying a life time) to use for this projection.
The prone mannequins in their stony tomb remind me of Masaccio’s Trinity (1425) in Florence’s Santa Maria Novella church. For information on this fresco, click here.