The concept of the photoshooting represents the connection between man and his surroundings, and between the objects to its origin story and natural sources.
"I felt the urge, to include myself in the set, to walk barefoot on the ashes of the forest, to be naturally naked and dissolve in this unique landscape" said Elkayam.
Collaboration with the photographer Omer Gaash
The fire rapidly consumes everything in its path. Entire areas, huge forests and trees that struck roots a long time ago, turned into ashes.
The black, morbid and surrealistic landscape that the fire leaves behind, is shocking by the scale of the damage, and the consequences for the whole environment. Yet, at the same time, destruction in nature always leads to rebirth, renewal, and growth.
The wooden chair is inspired by its proportion of the environment and context it blends in, visually, it illustrates the idea rebirth from the ground.
Ash to Ash
We are part of nature.
Ecosexuallity is a wide term that refers to people who treat nature as a lover to protect rather than a resource to exploit. They find sensual connection with nature, get aroused by its textures and sensations, and treat it with love and care.
What may be their subject of desire in a potential future in which nature as we know it, no longer exists?
The installation is visual poetry for the forest, exploring this question - a post-apocalyptic scenery of dead nature in which natural materialism gains greater value.
The project revisits the human-nature relationship and expands the notion of sensual connection with nature. Presenting speculative new material that evolved as an outcome of extreme hot conditions, a form of fossilized burnt wood infused with soil.
The singular tree is a monumental memory of its own self, The ashes of the forest re-create an interpretation of what the tree used to be and its former sensuality.
As the ash disintegrates, we are left with a physical connection to the past within the Neo-natural environment.
The sculptural shrine invites human touch, and highlights the sensorial experience of smells, textures, and tactility, as well as the emotional aspect of this relationship.
The artwork invites you to take refuge in the mysteries of the new post-natural world while manifesting the vitality and beauty of this hereafter.
"..I can no longer recognize you.
I’ve committed myself to you but everything I longed for is gone, out of reach.
I know you are still there, but everything has changed. My mind resists realizing it. my body as well. Will this ever be the same? I want to be there with you and feel you. You’ve changed so much, and so have I. To think that once I thought we would feel like this forever. Who would've imagined this would happen to you? To me? Your image is constantly in my head. I can't stop thinking about our shared memories. our moments together. How could you ever trust me again? Will we ever recover from this? Is this temporary or should I get used to it?
You sent me so many signals that something is wrong,
but I couldn't see it
I feel like I ruined everything for us. Why couldn't I realize it on time?
I miss your scent. Your touch. Just to be around you. I still love you so much.
I think you are beautiful. When I look at you now I can see it again, I can see you for who you are. Your mystery is taking me in again, Calling me.
I know you, I feel you.."
Art installation Made for Barbur popup museum
The huge fires are destroying the forests around us, sowing massive destruction on nature, leaving black and lifeless pieces of landscape. Despite this, nature shows its ability to recover and buds of regrowth begin to appear soon.
The designer has created a space where nature returns to the urban spaces, creating a space to observe one of the most interesting and exciting moments that happen in nature - renewal and growth after destruction.
It is an artistic installation at the center of which is the never-ending relationship between destruction and reconstruction, a relationship built and interdependent. In this way, the installation also communicates to the place where it is located, and to the point in time when the Barbour house is renewed and rebuilt.
The installation makes renewed use of scraps and pieces of processed wood, along with raw pieces of branches and trunks from nature that have been preserved into one work that combines different layers of regeneration.