Eylem Aladogan (1975, Tiel) responded with her drawing 'Whatever the Mind Believes' to a letter which Vincent van Gogh wrote on or about 7 August 1883.
Vincent van Gogh wrote in that letter:
‘I needn’t rush myself, for that does no good – but I must CARRY ON working in calm and serenity’.
Her time-consuming, craftsmanlike working method goes against the current, against the modern-day idea that everything has to move quickly. In this method she finds the vital spark, the ‘honest human feeling’, that Van Gogh describes in his letter.
This drawing by Eylem Aladogan is based on a photograph that she took of a long road through the desert. It is a metaphor for the journey that each individual makes in his or her lifetime and the obstacles that must be overcome along the way.