Immersive Creatures

Life-generating landscape installation

These bodies of clay represent a fusion of human-, animal-, and plants like features. The sculptures are hollow shells of ceramics and supposed to immerse themselves in the landscape over time. The work relates to necessary healing of our landscapes, where one will find innumerous places that have been impoverished by humans to serve their needs. The installation takes resources from the landscape (sand and clay) to afterwards give back to it through a new function and shape. By doing so it enriches the environment for different plant- and animal species.

Client: self initiated
Date: 4 November 2021
Project type: Landscape Installation
Facilitated by: Residency at Sundaymorning@ekwc
Materials: Stoneware with different tones of iron oxide and coper oxide glaze
Size: 450 x 250 x 115 m

A new way of coexistence

These sculptures form a new habitat for flora and fauna and is specifically developed for sandy landscapes. There are different species that find their habitat in these specific characteristics of dry, warm and rocky terrains. The sculptures can be seen as a big hollow wall, where a new way of coexistence can arise.

Insects that died at because of a lack of habitats to reside.

Back side with openings for all kinds of life to infiltrate

Two faces

The sculptures contain two faces: one which is smooth, clean and comfortable. It’s an invitation to come closer, to lean against it and listen to ‘life’. The other side is rough, less controlled and sprouting with swirling shapes. It has holes and cavities that allow insects and animals to occupy the artwork, with spaces for sand and plants to accumulate and sprout. Immersive Creatures is an appeal to nature, in order to create more nature.

Front side as an invitation to come closer and sit against ceramic ‘walls’.

Scale model of sculptures in the landscape,  interacting with landscape processes.

Reference of sandy, ‘habitat wall’, shaped by natural processes. North-Brabant

Natural Dynamics

The sculptures are designed as an invitation to natural dynamics to take over. The placement towards each other, and the position to the wind, generates space for ‘landscape processes’ like wind, sand and water to become part of the installation.

Process: sculpture getting placed on firing platform, in main kiln hall at EKWC in order to dry and than glaze.