by Melissa Faithful
Meltem Işık is a Turkish artist known for her research on the human body. Her images are a take on our perception of the human body, highlighting the different ways a figure is seen. We, a photographic lens and a photographer can see very different things when looking at our bodies.
As the artist writes on her website, “Carefully put together, her work is an inquiry into the way we see and perceive the human body. The complexity that originates from the capability of our bodies to see and be seen simultaneously provides the basis of her work. Through her most recent pieces, Işık explores how photography is associated with the construction of reality, suggesting alternative readings of the body. Utilizing the similarities and differences between the eye of the camera and human perception, she assembles images into a whole that is other than the sum of its parts.”