Name of Work: Oikos

Paper, plaster, resin / Various sizes, 23"w x23"d x 23"h

About the Work:
During this time of quarantine, the word “home” has taken on conflicting meanings. We are seeking the shelter inside our homes for safety, yet we are uncomfortable by the lack of freedom to do the many things we want to do outside, one of those things being human interaction. Oikos are outdoor stools designed to hint at the solitude and absence of their user. The thickness, weight, and the heavy brush strokes symbolize discomfort, while the small square opening suggests a window that leads to a "hiding spot.” Stools come in different sizes, which represent different houses' personalities.

About the Studio:
Maryam Turkey is an Iraqi-American artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Pratt Institute where she earned her Bachelor of Industrial Design in 2017. She is currently pursuing an art residency at Silver Arts in the World Trade Center.