Lost Knowledge, Aydin Hayri, 2013. Acrylic paint, natural pigments, found objects on canvas, 40” × 30
Today’s information overload makes knowledge harder and harder to retain. This painting started my exploration of lost valuables that we try hard to protect. In this case, knowledge, appears to be lost, washed away in the deluge of information. Knowledge is represented by the “letters” visible in the background. These are not from any particular alphabet, but random figures printed on a gift wrap paper. They represent the literary knowledge codified into the structured cells. The cells show that chaotic fight of different colors — we see one color engulfing the other.
There is barrier at the bottom that was meant to protect them, but, apparently, has not been effective. The barrier is made by natural stones, held in place by paint. I use this motif of a barrier in different paintings. Here there is a flap over the barrier made from an extra piece of canvas. The original inspiration for this painting was a photograph of a window on an earthen stucco wall — I cannot find the photograph or the reference to it, but it was a magazine published by GW Hospital doctors showing different works of art by the doctors.