Walking with the Wind
Geraldine van Heemstra
In my practice I raise questions about my position and that of other artists as the human subject or anchor of the work. It challenges my ongoing dialogue with the natural world and recognizing the agency of the nonhuman. I like to explore the role of randomness and manipulation and why chance plays a crucial role in my artistic development. In my work I aim to let go of the keystone position, the agent in control, and have always valued collaborative and collective work in some form or other.
By embracing and immersing myself in the environment through walking and engaging with the land, I want to open a conversation about the surrounding landscape and our position as humans within the natural world. Filling sketchbooks, collecting found objects of the land, I make drawing and etching devices that I take out on my walks, like extensions of my body recording the intangibility of the wind. Creating wind drawings and wind etchings, my aim is to convey that energy I feel in and through my work and I would invite the viewer to rekindle a conversation with the elements. I mean to describe how as humans our makeup is elemental. The flow is therefore seamless.
A WALK WITH THE WIND (1 MINUTE) https://player.vimeo.com/video/430342736?h=62f35280ff&badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479
A WALK WITH THE WIND (2MIN 20SEC) https://player.vimeo.com/video/424033565?h=0f0801e678&badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479
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