'Maple Tree', 2017, single channel video installation, video still, 7:04 min
Born Beverwijk, 1986
Prosthetic scaffolding for a cactus in Arizona, assembled from a hardware store, prevents the centuries old plant from collapsing and disintegrating into the desert sand. Yet the plant never asked for it, and the drifting life of the plant will barely lengthen with the intervention, while making the cactus dependent on it for survival. This image prompted Inge Meijer to look at the lives of plants in environments and conditions that are not quite their natural habitat.
There remains something fundamentally surreal about a tree travelling. In Meijer's Maple Tree an uprooted plant lingers between life and death as it's hauled on the back of a truck. In Still Life #1, the artist shows a selection of images from the documented history of plants at the Stedelijk Museum as they are paired with various eras of modernism. Posing next to a Rothko or a Malevich their gaze is a witness to the changelessness of a space within a space. Soil, air, light and water feed their resilience in an atmosphere that tries to reconcile their existence day by day, exhibition by exhibition.
Works made in collaboration with Ellington Mingus.