Artists want to show and evoke the beauty of nature prudence and economy. The natural processes of transience, the life cycles, must not be disturbed. The mineral building blocks of the earth force awe. It is primordial matter in which colossal forces are clustered together. Natural disasters happen to us because we do not handle the earth carefully.
Flowers made of heavens sky
1. Corry Zwart, Flowers made of heavens sky, 2018, photography (75 x 100 cm), combined with Delphinium, 2019, deciduous ornament on an elf bench (30 x 30 cm).
The picture shows a zoomed-in detail of the flower, of which Corry Zwart made a perishable natural jewel. This jewel not only shows nature at its best, but honors it at the same time, also because of its temporary nature. After all, a flower dies, but spreads its seeds and comes back again. Sustainability includes accepting transience and giving back what we have taken from nature. In order to involve us even more in beauty, Corry Zwart photographs strongly zoomed details. Corry: ‘we do not have to travel far, there is so much beauty nearby’.
3. Hanneke Rijks, Mongolian Knot (Mongoolse knoop), 2018, birch plywood found in demolition containers (56 x 77 x 4 cm).
The Mongolian Knot by Hanneke Rijks stands for sustainability at two levels. In the first place the meaning of the symbol: the endless, eternal knot, a Buddhist sign of happiness that stands for the coherence of all earthly things. Hanneke Rijks has changed this symbol; by changing perspective at every angle she has made it an ‘impossible’ knot. The cycle still exists, but the eternal course can no longer be followed.
In the second place she made this recycle sign from birch plywood that was thrown away. It once functioned as part of a counter of a branch of the V & D department store.
4. Marus van der Made, Upside Down, 2018, recycled corrugated board (100 x 100 x 170 cm).
An ode to the earth and to geometry, the building blocks of the earth. The surface of the pyramid has been treated with sustainable wall paint, the basis of which is water and recycled scrap wood. Minimalist Van der Made prefers to use pure pigments, fluid materials like anthracite and coal, which contrast with the strict delineated form, the pyramid. Together with the sphere, the cone, the cylinder and the cube, this geometric shape is an essential building block of all earthly life.
The Earth became fierce and void again
5. Irma den Hertog, The Earth became fierce and void again, and darkness lay upon the flood, and the Spirit of the One was hovering over the waters, 2018, mixed technique (75 x 180 cm).
In the work of Irma Den Hertog the earth and its mineral resources are central. We have to be careful with those resources. The gold pigment in her work indicates the extraordinary value, the Cosmic Light, as Irma den Hertog calls it.
The words in the title are similar to the first words of the Genesis 1: 2, the story of the creation, but they stand here for the destruction of the earth through human intervention. As we exhaust the natural resources of the earth and even turn our oceans into garbage dumps, the pure “Primal water” from the beginning of our creation is under threat. Ultimately, the water here on earth will no longer be life-giving, but deadly for humans and animals.
6. Marja Verhage, Evolution, 2017, diabas (hoogte 62 cm).
Marja Verhage likes to work with various types of hard stone. Diabas is a hard, volcanic stone, a primitive matter in which colossal forces of nature are compressed and pressed together. Nothing is more sustainable than this stone, the result of growth and transformation processes. All organic building materials of the earth, such as water, air, minerals, plant and animal remains are in it. This figure, created out of this material, expresses despair with his gesture.