Gulsah Mursaloglu begins her works with the experience of distance: smelling a thing inches away from her nose and then understanding it from afar with her eyes. In her installations, she works intimately with materials and objects and embeds them within precarious systems that monumentalize them, giving them responsibility. Though this new context may give the materials and objects new aspirations, it does not rewrite their humble origins. Rather, viewing her work presents an opportunity to travel over these distances: from insignificant to astounding, from a child’s play to an adult’s observation, from near to far, from the kitchen to the monument. She earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in Sociology from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Learn more about Gulsah Mursaloglu’s HATCH exhibitions Boondoggle and Artificial Life.