Jeroen Van Westen

Introduction

Jeroen van Westen’s rich and varied artwork explores the ways people express their connection to the world around them. Through projects exploring the role of Salmon in Seattle, Washington to the reconceptualization of a river in his native Netherlands, there is a deep and underlying appreciation for our collective human responsibility for the environments we create and inhabit.”At the source of all my work lies the premise that landscape is legible; that a landscape reveals how the culture which created it related to the nature with which, and in which, the landscape was made. Nature and Culture are two mutually enriching concepts. Lengthy and repeated sojourns in a landscape lead to an analysis which in turn results in a work of art.”

Jeroen van Westen’s rich and varied artwork explores the ways people express their connection to the world around them. Through projects exploring the role of Salmon in Seattle, Washington to the reconceptualization of a river in his native Netherlands, there is a deep and underlying appreciation for our collective human responsibility for the environments we create and inhabit.

“At the source of all my work lies the premise that landscape is legible; that a landscape reveals how the culture which created it related to the nature with which, and in which, the landscape was made. Nature and Culture are two mutually enriching concepts. Lengthy and repeated sojourns in a landscape lead to an analysis which in turn results in a work of art.”

“This work tries to present the origins of the landscape in such a way that (re)interpretation of the environment becomes possible by taking the locally encountered relationship between Nature and Culture as subject. These works can take the form of temporary installations/performances, books, permanent constructions, (partial) designing/structuring of the landscape or a combination of all of these possbilities.

 

Artwork

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