Rolling Landscapes (2021)
Medium: Steel, chains, DC motor, natural grasses.
When constructing the human-made nature reserve of Marker Wadden, 20,000 units of plants known as the common reed also known as the latin name Phragmites Australis were propagated into the sandy soil in order to stabilize the land. What does it mean to create nature?
In the sculpture Rolling Landscapes hundreds of Phragmites Australis are individually cut and placed into floral water tubes with violent precision reeds are forced into a performative rotation. The sculpture explores the tension between the plants' fragility, the desperate preservation to keep these plants alive, and the rough, raw, physical violence inherent in manufacturing these natural spaces.
Thank you to Wout Rockx for fabrication.
This project was co-produced by Gill Baldwin and V2_Lab for the Unstable Media as part of the Summer Sessions art and technology residencies.
Exhibited at Roodkapje as part of the solo exhibition BLISS
Exhibited at V2 Summer Sessions Test_labs 2021
Photography by Fenna de Jong