Video by Nabil Basalamah
Photographs by Hellen Sjuhada
Music by Deftones, Change (In the House of Flies)
Experience an exhibition of a wonderfully lyrical representation of unity between the human soul and the animal spirit.
On 13 canvases, the black backgrounds explode with strong and bold colors freely. Each piece conveys overlapping human expressions in animal forms, depicting anthropomorphism- the idea that people often exhibit behaviors, personalities, and physical traits, which resemble certain animals.
Through his paintings, Yaviz shows the duality of human soul: the two opposing forces that never meet. Light and Shadow. Unconscious and Conscious. Masculine and Feminine. They laugh and talk, they cry and are silenced, intertwined, but never coming together, like two people in a masquerade. The day the two finally connect is a day when a person will be whole and will know no fear, reaching a state of contentment and happiness.
"Capturing and expressing 'the essence of the being' in my paintings is of the utmost importance; in hopes that the viewer will not only see the beauty of the animal portrayed, but will also feel its undying spirit," expressed the talented artist.
Yaviz's intense lines and striking colors are most likely inspired by tribal patterns of Papuans and Aboriginal fabrics. When he was living in Australia he was exposed to and fascinated by the indigenous peoples of the land.
- Hellen Sjuhada