Seduction Series-Too Funky, 2014, brass, sensor, LED, unique
Too Funky, the first member of the interactive sculpture series Ayşe Ören names “Seduction”, is inspired by Artemis, the goddess of nature, hunt and moon. Numerous breasts on the body’s front side we encounter in the depictions of the Artemis of Ephesus, underline the concepts of fertility and abundance. In addition to her breasts, Ören’s goddess has emphasized ovaries and the part of the body containing female reproductive organs is arranged in a way reminiscent of an owl’s face. In many mythological sources the owl is identified with the moon, which is identified with femininity and fertility. Thus Ören’s work refers to all these symbols at once. The work’s frame is confined to the woman’s most eye catching and seductive part.
When approached, the dim light that surrounds Too Funky suddenly shines bright, and begins to propel especially around the breasts. Just like the moon, the work’s texture reminiscent of the moon’s surface reflects the secret light that hits it from another source. The woman assuming all her femininity and struggling to attract attention, does everything in her power to awaken the man’s sexual reflex; she is convinced this is what she is supposed to do. This action actually becoming a “reflex” and that she appropriates as a function arising from her sexual identity, also happens to be her greatest power. Ören’s material choice, the warmly colored metal, reveals a futuristic approach towards the image of an ancient goddess and implies the mechanical nature of sexual intercourse.