Can You Hear Me?
Pyrography, 18 x 24 inches, 2023

‘Can anyone hear me?’ is multi-media artwork that vividly captures the devastating aftermath of an earthquake. This piece is a tribute to the earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, 2023, resulting in a staggering loss of life, rendering millions of people homeless across ten cities and causing colossal mental and economic damage. The artist, deeply connected to Turkey both as a native and through her architectural background, channels her emotions into this powerful creation.

The artwork showcases a hauntingly actual photograph from the earthquake-stricken region. The image is etched with a sense of sorrow, representing the pain and tragedy witnessed by the artist. The title is derived from the artist's vivid memories of watching the news and hearing those desperate words repeatedly.

To evoke a raw and visceral response, the artist uses a soldering iron to burn the paper. This intentional act captures the irreversible damage caused, reflecting the artist's desire to make visible the depth of the devastation and the lasting impact on the affected communities.

This artwork serves as a reminder of our interconnectedness and the importance of lending an ear to those desperately seeking consolation, support, and hope.