Finding a route through uninhabitable land (2018)
in collaboration with graphic designer Lyanne Polderman
Finding a route through uninhabitable land (2018) is a printed artist publication, made during a research period at the Natural History Museum Maastricht in early 2018. While working in the archives, I felt inspired by the transience of the notes which accompanied the stored objects, unreadable due to humility, handwriting or simply age. Although it was not intented, these abstract notes were in an equal way preserved as the objects themselves. The work interacts with the travel books written by Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) in which he describes the difﬁculties of ﬁnding a route through the overgrown and dangerous rainforest in South America. By copying the maps over and over again, only the most dominant lines on the paper remain and thus form a ﬁctional route through these remote places. By printing the different steps made during the process in the form of a Leporello, the original map slowly disappears into abstraction and transforms into a path through respectively The Amazones and The Himalayas.
In collaboration with graphic designer Lyanne Polderman, a publication was realised. This Leporello was printed in a limited edition of 16 and has been on view for the first time during Museumnacht 2018, in the Natural History Museum of Maastricht (NL). This work was made with the generous support of Museumnacht Maastricht 2018.