Arzu Arda Kosar


Taking the idea of protection literally, I made a sweater for a tree and a boulder at the Audubon Center at Debbs Park as part of the Arroyo Collective’s “For the Birds Exhibition”

This installation threads through my interests in far reaching topics such as yarn bombing, knit graffiti, high vs. low art, craft vs conceptual art, the push and pull toward the temporal and constant, maps, people’s relation to land, ownership, belonging, mothering vs.smothering etc.

Over the years, my work often involved people’s relationship to land, with a particular focus on social group identity and territorialism. My map installations explored borders in terms of charting intergroup relationships. I was interested in the temporal nature of borders vs. the vital and drastic effect borders had on people’s lives and how one nations idea of a greater (insert the name of any country here) often overlaps with another due to the transient nature of borders.

As my investigation on historic and contemporary outcomes of nostalgia for bygone eras, desire to freeze time or go back in time in relation to land ownership led me to readings by Thoreau and Pollan, the focus of my work shifted. But I still question: it possible to go if change is the only constant, what control do we have over inevitable nature of change? Can we go back in time and undo certain things? How do we maintain? How do we cause the change that we want?

From an entirely different point of view, as a mother of two, this issue of control over environment, the negotiation between change vs, resistance to change vs ensuring the change I want , vs the change I willingly or grudgingly accept is a part of my daily life. I often find myself at that fine line that separates protecting from disabling, such as forcing sweaters on kids who are not cold but still are vulnerable and in need of my attention and involvement in entirely different ways, but the sweater. Oftentimes, it’s much easier to shove on the sweater and hope its warmth fixes everything and anything.

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