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Tea in the Forest – an interactive artwork

Tea in the Forest (Ongoing), Images from October 2017- February 2019

Tea in the Forest – an interactive artwork

In October 2017 I collected some porcelain shards in the forest and placed them in a small circle next to a small pathway. As I found more shards, I added them and changed the circle.

In my mind I called this work: “Tea in the Forest”, because there was a snout of a teapot among the shards. This small work was destroyed by the wild pigs every now and then, but everytime I walked past, I would fix the circle again.

I kept this circle going for more than a year, when I noticed that somebody else also added some extra shards to the circle. I was delighted.

Soon after that I got bored of the circle and added a rectangle. Then sombody placed a smiley face into the circle.

I loved, that there was somebody out there, creatively interacting with my little collection of shards.

At some stage I found some blue and and pink shards and added them. Now the fun started for real…

I am not sure anymore which changes I made and which were made by others from then on. Eventually I met an elderly couple from down the street at the artwork and they told me they made some of the changes. They were worried that I would be upset, when in fact I could assure them how much fun it was to know that others added and changed it too. Later I found out that another neighbour also made changes every now and then.

So now, everytime I walk into the forest I am curious to see if there might be a new arrangement. And whenever I can and feel like it, I also create something new out of it.

Today I met my neighbour in the forest, and she showed me two shards, one with a beautiful pattern. She told me that she got it from the lady down the road with the task to add it to the latest image…

This interactive artwork brings me so much joy! Every time I go there and find something new, I am happy like a child. Knowing that this small, little creative interaction has inspired others to also become creative and keep it going and exciting. Just look at all the ideas that they and I have already come up with, during our walks into the forest.

Click on the images in the gallery below, to be taken on a tour through the individual changes. The last image is from the 29th of February 2020. I will keep on updating this page, as and when there are more changes. At the end you can see an overview and the dates of each change.

Lost City (Site-responsive artwork at the Rössing Mountain)

Lost City (Site-Responsive artwork)

Start where you are and with what you have…

I love to go out and create art with only the things the site offeres to me. No special tools, no extra material – just responding to the site and conditions I find.

When we went to explore the barren Rössing mountain I found some building rubble. To my surprise it even had some colour on it… And so this work was created with the generous and unexpected colourful offerings of the Rössing mountain.

It was really hot, as usual, in the desert. The pieces of rubble were rough, heavy and hot. And many were full of sand, which needed to be removed to show the colour. At several times I thought “Ok, that’s it, that’s enough… I am done, let’s go rather home.”.

I should have brought some gloves… – somehow I never do, and if I do, I hate wearing them. And we should have come here closer to the sun-setting, when it has cooled down – I am not sure why I forgot about this essential point?

In the end there were more and more colourful pieces which I just had to add. My hands were blistered ands scratched, but I was happy and grateful for these fragments of colour in an otherwise pretty desolate surrounding.

Here is a short video, where you can see it all happening:

And once again, I cannot tell you how cool it is that my husband enjoys joining me in my art outings and filming the process. Now that he also owns a small drone, there is another cool perspective in his short videos. This one is a bit longer (2:50min) but the landscape is so breathtaking and unique, that I think you will not mind watching it till the end. His video work and audio is a beautiful artwork in its own right.

Between all the rubble I found one piece of broken, delicate china. Although it did not really fit with the rest, I just had to give it a space in this abstract city.

I hope you enjoy these images and the video as much as I do!

Sand Stone Shadow Waves (Namib Desert)

We have spent some time in Namibia and worked on some creative projects. It was lovely to be back in the desert. The desert feels like home to me. There is a special connection, which I just cannot put into words.

This is one of the first works I created in the Namib desert, in the dune belt south of Swakopmund.

Fortunatley my husband loves to join me in the desert and with my creative projects. He enjoys to document my process, and then editing it into beautiful little artvideos and composing the music for it. These videos bring a new dimension to my work. It also shows the beautiful landscape in a new perspective and puts my work in scale and relation to the surroundings.

Some more images:

Creative Encounters

And while working I had a lovely and curious visitor. This little guy hopped along very closely as I collected the stones without a sign of fear. He seemed to just enjoy the activity and maybe the company. I thought of offering him some water in the shade which the car gave (the only shade wide and far). He accepted and some time later another little friend came to join him. I just love these unexpected moments of deep connection with nature.