The Greek word ‘Chaos’ means ‘emptiness, vast void, chasm, abyss’. The concept of Chaos in cosmogonic myths refers to the void state preceding the creation of the universe. For Ovid, in his Metamorphoses, Chaos was ‘a raw confused mass, nothing but inert matter, badly combined discordant atoms of things, confused in the one place’. The four basic elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) were the primary materials of the universe; they were separated from each other in the first place.
CHAOS // THE ELEMENTS is a project that deals with the notion of creation. As an artist, I’ve always been fascinated by the act of creation itself. Something evolves from nothing; it had never existed, but it comes into existence.
The work consists of four self-portraits, each representing one of the four classical elements. Put together as a quadriptych, they form a coherent whole. The overriding theme is creation itself, in other words, the transformation of chaos into tangible forms.