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Coyote Track

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View from the exhibition TunState (2022), Barriera, Turin. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese.

In a series of newly produced works, Çavuşoğlu continues her longstanding exploration of material histories, properties and states. She begins with the bursera fagaroides, a tree with a shrinking habitat (owing to climate change) that is native to the Sonoran Desert, extending across parts of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. In response to the discovery of a reliable source of moisture, the tree sheds its bark in order to grow larger. Pieces of bark, like peeling skin, appear suspended on its surface and eventually fall off. Çavuşoğlu traveled across the desert landscape in Mexico, collecting these fragile fragments, and worked closely with a paper restorer to produce from them a stable surface for mark-making. The salvaged bark of the bursera fagaroides recurs across works in the TunState, in combination with handmade paper, leather and obsidian, creating connections with other natural materials – namely tree fibers, animal hide, volcanic glass – that embody specific histories, processes, and temporalities of transformation.


*Excerpt from the press release by Rattanamol Singh Johal


Coyote Track, 2022. Wood, obsidian, drawings on bursera fagaroides
112×84 cm.