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We live in a time in which a new understanding of nature is essential: a personal and empathic relationship with nature. Nature is not only a system that exists outside of us, but is ever so deeply connected with our imaginations and desirers.

“This video-work shows exactly that. There is the image, which resembles a static photo.
One can wonder about the slender back with the mighty tree upon it. A miraculous and impressive image, which is actually sublime; the tree takes over the back as growing nature. It becomes the back, the backbone, the support. The tree spreads out its branches like the nerve system in the brain, and its roots like feet. Various anthropologists and psychologists have compared the stance of man to an essential rise from the earth to the sky.

Then, the tree appears to breathe; through the skin that lives, the heart that beats. It’s not a photograph, but a video: alive. That quality mirrors the living quality of a tree. Man and tree are breathing. What is slender, is also strong, and the tree gains a beauty through the slender, the vulnerable. As in all nature, contrasts are being abolished.”

Professor Erik A de Jong, spoken at the opening of The Bonsai Project by Knibbeler/Wetzer, at gallery Liefhertje en De Grote Witte Reus, 2013.


Untitled (Tattoo) video loop 14:27 min, 1920 x 1080 HD
On the right is a short preview. The whole work can be seen on request.