Arborea is an installation of sculpture, jewellery and poetry by celebrated WA artisan Tineke Van Der Eecken.
‘Arborea’ explores the world’s forests through precious objects such as jewellery and sculptures, as well as poetry and photography.
Considering a ‘deep time’ perspective, the anthropocene is evoked through the two movements: a first by use of fossils and rocks and other formations developed over millions of years incorporating the shape of trees; a second movement by bringing life forms of today rendered vulnerable by human settlement. From the magnificent forests of South Western Australia to the expansive and increasingly barren grazing and agricultural fields of the Wheatbelt, we are struck by climate anxiety and grief.
The introduction of sculptures created through corrosion casting brings an innovative visual element and point of reflection: a sheep’s head’s vasculature and sheep airways raises questions how we connect with the natural world we claim to know.
The exhibition situates our precious Western Australian fauna and flora with other parts of the world, where forest dwelling species loose their habitats. We meet forest dwellers and imagine us, humans as agents of change or extinction as we threaten to halt this vibrant pulse of life that makes our planet a living marvel. And marvel too is part of ‘Arborea’ as we contemplate the beauty of the unique fauna and flora that surround us.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
TINEKE VAN DER EECKEN explores the fibres of flora, fauna, and body systems in her new show Arborea. She presents jewellery, small fine metal sculptures, and biological objects formed by corrosion casting, alongside photographic images that represent the life and death thrum of fragile arterial systems: lung, tree, vein. Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born, Australian artist whose practice explores narratives of place. From her geographical and biological roots in Belgium to her home in Western Australia on the rim of the vast Indian Ocean, the scope of her narrative takes in oceans, wetlands and ancient reefs then delves deeply inward to the internal places of physical bodies. Her concepts are articulated through finely crafted jewellery and sculptures, and objects that sit between these categories, as well as poetry and photography.