Women in Proverbs is part of the collection Chasing the Hidden, released exclusively on Sedition by İrem Çoban.
This collection seeks to articulate feelings that are internalized in daily life; the powerful responses to everyday situations which also reflect deeper and wider feelings and insights. Created using a combination of digital drawing, video, photography and motion graphics, the collection aims to convey the inherent multidimensional character of the human and to reveal the secrets stored in the hidden attics of the mind.
The collection attempts to visualize and materialize internal energies through abstract forms. In these works focusing on gender and identity issues, the forms explore the complexities of representation in feminist art. In this context, the problems developing along sue to the climate crisis unfold along with significant increases in violence against women in quarantine due to the pandemic; these coexisting forces influenced the way these works are presented.
"In a society ruled by the patriarchal social order, social screams of the suppressed, namely women and different gender identities, ought to be amplified as a means of purification as well as an expression of the inner world. It is important to make the known but ignored visible.
As David Lynch has stated, there is a wonderful ocean of happiness and consciousness that the individual can reach by diving into themselves. This ocean is an incredibly important resource" - İrem Çoban.
This digital illustration explores the place of women in society: a construct defined by different geographies, languages and beliefs, and at the same time a common and powerfully reverberating conversation. This work, part of a wider Women in Proverbs series, examines the quote from Simone de Beauvoir that "one is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."
The artwork references a proverb which, according to varying sources, originates in either Russia or the USA: "A woman's tongue is longer than her hair."