LandLinescape | Invisible infrastructure of ideas | My 3rd Term Finals | 2011
Sunken lanes, hollow roads, military fortifications, highways, former defensive walls, harvesting lands… nature or man-made lines within the countryside of Maastricht where the landscape can be discovered on a sequence, sometimes you are higher, sometimes you are lower. A forgotten large-scale “linescape” with a strong sculptural character that makes you feel really embraced by nature, in direct contact with earth, inside a big piece of non-deliberate landart. A personal research on “linescape” given expression to a series of postcards -a mapping series, a lines series, a personal intervention series and a trip series- that will travel by mail around the world, looking for being promoted, discovered and experienced as a reference of a unique landscape of The Netherlands.
The five series of my “linescape” postcard collection are shown next:
*Man-made line series
*Nature-made line series
*Personal intervention series
(+) Impressed by the sunken lanes around Maastricht, my project is not about “landscape” but “linescape”. I find it very artistic and sculpture-related. I have gone several times to Maastricht and surroundings to check personally these sunken lanes in the landscape but also other “man-made” lines that I consider very related to each other, such as the military fort of Maastricht or the former defensive wall of the city. I was taking pictures every 30 steps while I was making these promenades to express the feelings you have when you follow these lines, and how you are discovering the landscape on a sequence, sometimes you are higher, sometimes you are lower. In each line, I found something interesting in one point (invisible landmarks) because a line is made out of points: a small chapel, a water fountain… So, how can I highlight the landscape of Limburg and put it into value? What if this area is in a way a big artwork of Michael Heizer for instance? And what if in the end I make a point intervention on one point of one of these lines that embodies and reflects even more this sculpture character and the rest of the features, such as the feeling of been embraced by nature, direct contact with earth, partially vision of the landscape, etc.?
Here, some pages of the research booklet:
Mentored by Rianne Makkink