During a study trip to Japan, I learned to make paper in the traditional Japanese way. Handmade paper has been an important part of my work ever since.
For my most recent works I collect plant materials, such as mowed grass, pruned branches or fallen leaves, at various outdoor locations. I make a pulp that I turn into sheets of paper in the traditional way. From this unusual collection of plants, I build spatial installations and objects that spectators can relate to in a physical and sensory way. Each natural material lends its own colour, structure and texture to the paper.
The work evolves from a need to collect and conserve. By bringing the outside space inside, I reflect on our tendency to own, conquer and control nature.
Parallel to working with paper, drawing has always been at the core of my artistic practice. To me, drawing is a way to explore and interact with my surroundings. The drawings are characterised by a reduced figurative visual language.
At This Art Fair I will have a presentation in which the paper installations and the drawings engage in dialogue with one another.annelindedejong.com