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Photo's: Franz Mueller Schmidt
365 PLANTS
2020 - 2021

project and installation

installation consists of a 15 meter long wall, 365 paper cut plants, photo and essay Plant Day

cutting and ink-washing

format each plant within 45 x 32 cm

size total installation variable; around 80 m2

 
365 PLANTS is the outcome of a year-long collection of intricate, almost extraterrestrial plants that Videler created not by looking or thinking of a plant, but by using small scissors and black ink to slowly sense the plant. The repeating exercise fascinates Videler, the individual factors bring nuance. Each plant was first cut with small scissors, then fresh ink was prepared for the ink-washing. With a few drops of water on an inkstone she grinded the inkstick in a circular motion until a smooth, black ink of the desired concentration was made.

In the installation the fragile paper plants seem to float around a large white wall that cuts through the space. The two sides of the wall, each representing half a year, clearly differ. The composition of the early plants contrasts with the other side of the wall that gives a fuller and more eccentric expression. By creating every day and by using direct and elementary techniques such as drawing, cutting and ink-washing, Videler wants to reconstruct the senses. Connecting deeper and deeper with the world around us, she shares an imaginary post-human reality with the visitors.

A portrait of the artist cutting a plant and an essay by the artist titled Plant Day are part of the installation. The essay provides insight into the happenings of daily life that accompany the making of these detailed and delicate works. Plant Day follows the saga of a backyard magnolia tree’s human-influenced, grim fate and the artist’s committed intervention. The event of the magnolia tree sets the temporality and frame of view that day, and Videler punctuates the narrative with anecdotal observations and interpretations of what she is surrounded by – from art historical references to her ritualistic, embodied practice within her Artist House. She acknowledges the human and nonhuman details that color each day, and that ultimately inform her artistic practice.

This artwork is part of an ongoing project; 365 BIRDS, 365 PLANTS, 365 INSECTS.