Melike Kılıç

In the Forests of the Night

14.12.2023 - 27.01.2024

“In the Forests of the Night”


When the stars threw down their spears 

And water’d heaven with their tears:

Did he smile his work to see?

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?


Inspired by William Blake’s “The Tyger” poem, the main theme of the exhibition depicts human nature within the woods: children and supernatural creatures, night and day, love and hate!

Magic and reality…

Poetry and prose…


All the works in the exhibition correspond to a symbolic letter, an image, and inviting the observer into a fairy-tale world. The word is magic, and its imaginary is the breath of humanity.


Healing and poison; Human emotions, with their millennia-old journey, turn into a contemporary fairy tale.


The artist describes her exhibition as: “With these latest works, which are short essays addressed to adults who have lost their childhood due to social pressures, I want to say – remember! – to the modern person who has become detached from dreams, nature, poetry, and fairy tales.”


“The existence of a magical world is hidden in childish dreams.”

In the Night Forests is an exhibition that tells the story of poetry, epic beings, magical forests, and the essence of the work is about the experience of being human.

In her first exhibition at C.A.M. Gallery, Melike Kılıç brings scenes that each telling a different story, influenced by the innocence, experience, and symbols found in William Blake’s poems. The forests of memory and the gardens of the human beings invite the audience to establish a connection and navigate through their own gardens. The layered works she creates by cutting papers take the viewer on a static yet moving adventure, with each layer continuing the main story in a cinematic narrative language.


The works, reminiscent of a static theater stage or film scene, also lead the viewer towards a readable story and poetry. The pieces, which confront the viewer with their personal journey as they wander through scenes, provide an individual experience with dreams and fairy tales from their memories.


In the exhibition, artist Melike Kılıç has created a fantastical world with the simple language of paper and design, where the heroes become part of our own adventure.