Prilla Smith Brackett

Gallery 1: Refuge

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This series explores ideas of

enclosure, ambiguity, refuge and the

human body, using spaces from

Cappadocia's ancient underground

cities and architectural motifs from

its early churches. Many peoples

traversed and invaded Turkey’s 

central Anatolia. I am fascinated by

what they left behind. Groups

including the Hittites and the earliest

Christians carved secret

underground cities where they and

their animals could live for up to

three months to survive attack. The

cavelike spaces are strangely organic

with mysterious orifaces. The church

fragments represent another aspect

of the culture of Anatolian peoples,

another reality from a different era.

Integrating patterned fragments of

architecture suggests the role of the

spiritual and the memory of lost


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