Geest, 2023-24
Sculptural installation 160 x 240 x 80 cm
Wall sculpture series, approx. 62,5 x 43 x 1 cm each
Oiled oak, ash and walnut wood

In the sculpture series Geest (2023), I have drawn inspiration from historical timber construction techniques (‘vakwerkbouw’), and historical farmhouses in the Eastern part of The Netherlands and Northern Germany.The woven membrane of these houses is full of incantations and signs, such as the ‘donderbezem’, intended to protect residents against storms or lightning strikes, diseases, spirits like ‘the Witte Wieven (ghost-maidens)’ and other ghost-like beings. In Geest, I plays with the woven quality of this architecture and seeks to formulate questions about the tension between protection and exclusion conveyed by these folk symbols.

In the installation, the visitor looks through the straight lines of the old Germanic runes and through the wooden trusses of roof and wall constructions; guessing at what ghosts are dwelling on the other side of the surface.

Geest (2023) was part of the group exhibition Hoeders van het Land, Kunstenlab, Deventer (NL)
17.11.23 - 07.01.24

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