Human Ears and Animals Emerge from Dense Fields of Porcelain Foliage Sculpted by Melis Buyruk

“Habitat” (2021), porcelain, 18k gold, 101 x 101 x 10 centimeters. All images courtesy of Leila Heller, shared with permission

Cradled within wooden boxes, leaves, blossoms, animals, and the occasional bit of human anatomy form the dense topographies of Melis Buyruk (previously). The Turkish artist blends various organic elements into sprawling, monochromatic works made of porcelain that are mesmerizing in intricacy with slightly unearthly undertones. In multiple recent works like the “Blooming Light” and “Golden Bloom,” for example, a single ear appears amidst the mosses and foliage, embedding the fragmented human body part within the largely floral ecosystem.

The works shown here are included in Buyruk’s solo show titled Habitat: Bloom, which is on view through September 2 at Leila Heller. Visit her Instagram for a peek into her studio and process.

 

“Nature’s Rhythm” (2022), porcelain, 18k gold, 196 x 196 centimeters

“Blooming Light” (2022), porcelain, 18k gold decorated lightbox, 100 x 100 x 12 centimeters

Detail of “Blooming Tales” (2022), porcelain, 22k gold decorated lightbox, 120 x 120 x 12 centimeters

“Sparrow’s Habitat” (2021), porcelain, 18k gold, 100 x 100 x 15 centimeters

“Golden Bloom” (2022), porcelain, 18k gold decorated, 115 x 115 x 15 centimeters

“Blooming Tales” (2022), porcelain, 22k gold decorated lightbox, 120 x 120 x 12 centimeters

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