Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Abstract Gardening at Otto Zoo

Marjolijn De Wit, has recently completed two prestigious European residencies: the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Lia in Leipzig. This is her first solo exhibition at Otto Zoo

Nt, 2009, silkscreen print 100 x 70

The exhibition focuses on a central theme of De Wit’s work: the intervention of man over Nature that has now become a global influence on our perception, to the point where the boundary between natural and artificial has almost disappeared. She is in
terested in Nature as constructed by humans, romanticised parks and wilderness preserves and the commercialisation of eco-shops and resorts.

N.t.2010gouache_on_print14_x_14_cmNt 2010 gouache on print 14 x 14  
The installation Abstract Gardening brings together a series of works that are inspired by the art of gardening and its tools and techniques. Large oil paintings on display, small gouache, silk screens, collages and ceramic sculptures often used in conjunction with other materials like plastic and dried seaweed. De Wit is attracted to anything that is "in between"; the transition phase of these processes become undefined landscapes in her works. Her work lacks a moralistic attitude towards the environmental consequences of the continuing abuse of humans on nature; however we can sense the underlying assumption that no longer exists an idea of pure and unspoiled nature, with all the consequences that this entails. 
De Wit creates large paintings, gouache, silk screens, collages and three-dimensional works, where she is primarily focused on deformed aspects of Nature, stretching the limits of grotesque, where the abstract element makes her images most vital and ironic.

The taming of the wilderness and the romanticisation of landscape is linked with its democratisation.

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