The journey of a Maple tree through a quintessentially Dutch landscape; a rising land in falling water, a nature both native and foreign, a canvas unearthed by the hands of man. The land topographically governed to fit the will of its inhabitants, with its shifting canals and lowland farms carving space into its skies, which has long been revered for its beauty. The maple travels through this context and reflects on its position while hauled by an SUV. It’s the absence of choice and autonomy that drives the maple forward, drifting between various states of resistance in search of a new narrative want of democracy and voice.
The unprecedented scale of influence upon the environment by humans forces all non-human entities into a co-dependency for survival. This work is part of a sequence that searches for ways to express the tention between compassion and supremacy. This thin dividing line between the influence of the human Nurture on Nature, is a starting point for a cinematographic series in which this contradictory position is central.
The presentation is part of the first Ostfriesland Biennale – an art festival featuring thirty works by internationally renowned artists that transform the diverse landscape of the region, which stretches from the Wadden Sea to the marshes and forests of the Geest, into an impressive exhibition space.