Yeşim Özben, MA Dipl. PW is an artist and a Process Work therapist. Originally from Cyprus, she comes from a minority and grew up in the aftermath of a war. She works with groups and individuals in Cyprus, Turkey and the US as well as online. Passionate about working on power and our relationship to power and silencers, she is also fascinated by the challenge of staying connected to our deep spiritual experiences while going through our day to day reality.
Encounters in the War Zone
Encounters in the War Zone is a contemplation on war and an attempt at Process Oriented photography and video installation. It is an exploration of the different aspects of the experience of war through the experience of toy soldiers. Finally, it is a search for meaning and a nod to something bigger that holds the totality of the experience together.
The video installation intends to create an atmosphere of war as well as creating an intimate encounter for the viewer. In the images, focus and blur, color and composition have been used to convey different experiences and the different emotions that are part of the field. The concept and the aesthetics aim to reflect the spectrum of the experience of war from devastation to power, the altered states associated with war and trauma, and the different levels of experience.
Inspired by the artist’s experience in a war zone and recurring nightmares as a child, Process Work is used both in the unfolding and making of the art, as well as the creation of meaning and evoking feeling through the art itself.