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Ontwortel/Uprooted 2009


Paper, charcoal, wood, found objects

This installation consists of 7 separate structures made of the stumps of uprooted trees attached to pieces of furniture ( as if the furniture grows from these roots): chairs, a couch, table, dumb valet and a showcase. Everything has the appearance of having been scorched and blackened by fire. Each “root” is placed on the floor on a large sheet of paper (290 x 140 cm) and seems to have been dragged across the paper (as a tree is dragged away after having been uprooted), leaving charcoal markings on each sheet. This work may refer to the displacement of people all over the world, but also suggests natural and production processes (tree, furniture, paper, charcoal).

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