Ernst van der Hoeven
Long strips of hemp cloth, with 88 gradations of naturally dyed indigo blue, like a ‘flowing landscape’ stretched on a bamboo skeleton. The work is measuring 616 linear meters of fabric, traditionally woven and dyed by a women’s cooperative of the Black Hmong minority in the mountains of North-Vietnam.
This project shows the relationship between man and nature. Man has to some extent control over the dyeing process but then nature takes over. It is a poetic and conceptual project that plays with the idea of authenticity and transience. It poses dialectic questions such as: What is art and what is nature? What is personal and what is collective? In addition, it gives insight into a Vietnamese dyeing method that is totally different from the method used in the Netherlands.