Aphelia explores the space between the heart and the mind. The sun illuminates the moon, the storm produces the rainbow, the darkness waits for the light, but neither can possess the other.
Each element needs each other intrinsically to reach their potential yet is so beautiful for its inherent qualities. The space between is the joy in duality, the beauty of love without the need for possession. There is, in a sense, a journey within this space in order to find the joy it holds – earnest searching, self evaluation, dark passions, the offering of talismans and deep yearnings. There is a sense of a parallel existence. The elements are on their own orbit, yet constantly come close enough to reach out and touch or even gloriously eclipse. Different forms emerge and are offered as an acknowledgment and adoration of the others presence and appreciation of their importance. The two orbits are depicted in both black and white and in colour. They read as their own story, yet overlap and intertwine throughout. Aphelia is in some ways a love story, yet not in the traditional sense. There is no ending, happy or otherwise. It is the space between, it is a celebration of what just is.
“Turn your eyes away from the Moon, then the lake will remind the Moon to you, the shadows of the wolves howling against the Moon will remind the truth to you, even in the eyes of a frog, you shall see the Moon! Thus, if you turn your face away from the truth, it will never work! Because the reminders of truth are everywhere and they are as strong as the truth itself!” Mehmet Murat ildan