2020 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #129, 184 x 153 x 15cm.
This contorted shape of a decaying tree trunk, photographed in the Yosemite valley in California, was the subject for the work Holocene in 2013. Six years on it served as a template for Jericho. A work that like Holocene is also to be understood in relation to time, the title referencing the 10.000 year old tower of Jericho on the West Bank of the river Jordan that resembles a massive fossilized tree trunk. The tower is by far the oldest man-made monumental structure we know of. According to new insights it helped facilitate the transition to agriculture and the Neolithic revolution in the Levant (Barkai, R., & Liran, R, . Midsummer Sunset at Neolithic Jericho. University of Tel Aviv. Link: pdf ). This would make it a marker for the start of the process towards human hegemony of the earth, a process that is now reaching a critical phase.
2013 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #99, 160 x 168 x 16cm. Private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Holocene is a geological epoch which began at the end of the Pleistocene some 12,000 years ago, coinciding with the earliest signs of the Neolithic Revolution (the change from hunting and gathering to agriculture). It continues to the present. The Holocene has been identified with the current warm period, and can be considered an interglacial in the current ice age. The Holocene also encompasses the expansion of the human population and its impact on the world environment, and is therefore sometimes called the Anthropocene. (source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene)
Made for the The factory Set retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam 2014/15. A total of 37 bas reliefs were shown. Most of them on loan.
2012 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #83, 305 x 100 x 12cm (made for a curved wall, radius 10m). Part of the Mirror Lake project, a large site specific installation on commission for The State of the Netherlands.