A large tractor drives onto the land, the ride comfortable and efficiant, yet the wheels suffocate the life underneath it. It sprays down poison and in the next heartbeat plants new seeds, leaving a green desert with a deafening silence. In this field stands a massive building, a disruption to the land. A space filled to the brink with production animals. In it’s shadow lies old tools and machinery, things not to be used nor thrown away. A decaying memory of a different life. But where there is decay, the land is most fertile.
Eva van Wenum (1997) is a multidisciplinary artist focussed primarily upon sculptural work, using found objects and natural materials. Growing up on an organic goat farm, has been a major point of inspiration. Motivated by seeing her surroundings change, like the farm land effected by the drought brought upon by climate change. Her work tells a story of a loss of a way of living. A life more based on craftsmanship, attention and understanding of the things you work with. Eva van Wenum’s work has a stillness to it, in it lingers a sense of longing and melancholia, bringing forth a sense of urgency in the decay.
For This Art Fair she will present her work alongside fellow BEAR(Artez) alumnus Larissa Esvelt.evavanwenum.nl