b. 1986, HK.

I don’t remember ever wondering whether the Evil Eye had a face. For me, it was always a form that functioned according to its assigned duty. A protective tool. The bigger and more important your object, the more protection it needs. I remember once covering my new bag with evil eye stickers in middle school and the time I saw a huge truck with a big evil eye spray-painted on its side. The Evil Eye cannot function by itself; it needs to be attached to something else to become active. After all, it has a responsibility. I tried replicating the same form on my computer using an Adobe program once. It looked very lonely against the grey background. Without having any material to latch onto, it had no obligation to perform. I felt the pressure to create its pair.


Melike Baskoylu is a Turkish-born artist and sculptor who currently resides in New York and Rhode Island. She will receive her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in May 2019. She has also studied at Brown University in the Department of Hispanic Studies. Her work explores 2D and 3D forms in their assigned context or status in the utilitarian world, using various fabrication processes and computer modeling tools such as Blender and Rhino. Her recent projects focus on hydro-dipping, metal constructions and surface exploration as an approach to reinterpreting images and objects in space. Melike recently participated as an artist in residence at R.A.R.O in Argentina for leather works and ceramics.