Solo exhibition Gallery Caroline O'Breen, Amsterdam 2018
Five years ago, I decided that I wanted to observe mountains. In the middle of my frantic urban life I had developed a need for stillness and solitude, and I was convinced that mountains were the place to go.
Soon however, I discovered that ‘pure’ silence and solitude were nowhere to be found. Looking for the timeless spirit of the mountains, I found fleeting traces of human existence everywhere.
I lived and worked on and around eight ancient mountains in Europe and Asia, each one of them a sacred icon and a pilgrimage destination. I travelled to Mount Fuji (JP), Olympus (GR), Ararat (TR) and the five most sacred mountains in China, the Wǔyuè. Observed them, climbed them, photographed, made drawings and dug in the earth for clay to make small sculptures.
And so, almost casually, my quest developed into an investigation and presentation of one of the most pressing philosophical themes of this moment: the Anthropocene.
The publication Breathing Mountains was published by Art Paper Editions in Ghent, (B) November 2018.