STRETCHED TUFTED CARPET, LASERCUT PLEXIGLASS, DIGITAL EMBROIDERY
210 x 175 x2 cm
Elibelinde (Hands on hips) is a motif of a female figure that is commonly used in Kilims (flat woven rugs) and has many different variations. It symbolizes fertility, motherhood and The Goddess in matriarchal beliefs and is usually used in Kilims that represent the desire for marriage. These are considered objects of marriage and gift exchange.
The piece is an enlarged elibelinde made into a rug as a wall installation piece. Instead of making an abstracted block of color, it was made to have a variety of colors and is further stylized. The transformation of appropriated symbols is important in the work as I aim to challenge what meanings the symbol conveys. The piece is a collage of different cultural symbols of marriage from different times in history with an emphasis on the fairytale aspect of it, and the reduction of a woman to a two dimensional piece. the piece on the head of the woman is a buqsha- one of the earliest forms of dowries in islam.