Artifact is the most personal work I have shown to date. It gives the viewer a glimpse of how I relate on a day-to-day basis with the inanimate objects around me, and how they are constantly telling me different versions of their own histories. Everything we create and leave behind is an artifact and reminds us that anything can be anything. While this body of work may seem to be a departure from what I have been doing over the last ten years, it is not totally disconnected from my own past. As a Turkish American, I have been lucky enough to see hundreds of dig sites from a vast range of ancient civilizations from Hittite to Roman. The seeds of this exhibit are from an installation I did almost two decades ago. That work initially looked like an archeologist's archive of recently unearthed items from a dig, where, upon closer inspection, each object changes from shard to body part.
Elif Soyer is a Turkish-American artist. She received a Diploma in 1995 and an MFA in 1997 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is the longest-serving member of Kingston Gallery. She is also a fencing coach and co-owner of Moe Fencing Club in Somerville, MA where she trains Olympic hopefuls, weekend warriors and some of the top-ranked fencers in the US.