Işık's lens-based practice explores the ways in which humans shape the contemporary landscape. She focuses on traces of economic infrastructures to examine politics in built environments and how man’s dominance over nature finds its manifestation in everyday architecture. In her work, she erases the physical distance in between existing structures and creates dense compilations of industrial fragments to construct new landscapes that look both alien and familiar at the same time. These fragments transform into symbols of the conundrum of progress and self-destruction that is inherent to capitalist societies. By framing her subjects exclusively at night, she aims to accentuate the artificial and uncanny qualities of urban environments.
CRUDEVideo installation & Heliographic prints using tar collected from La Brea Tar Pits, 2021
SECOND NATUREPhotographic series, 2020-ongoing
The images from the series Second Nature show the artifacts of the digital age that became a part of the Southern California landscape. These camouflaged communication and surveillance infrastructures are a “societal preference for ‘fake’ aesthetics over ‘ugly’ reality” (Amy Clarke).
MONUMENTSVideo & photo installation, 2019