Marjolijn Boterenbrood (1954, Amsterdam) is involved in artistic research investigating spaces, places. In her work she reveals the hidden aspects intrinsic to a certain space, giving them substance in many different ways. This process takes place at different levels of scale. Ranging from a longer term project involving an urban neighbourhood to transitory notes jotted down in the studio. The same starting points generate an enormous diversity of final outcomes. Ranging from drawings, objects, photos and videos to an atlas, initial directives for future cultural arts policy or the role of urban development inspirationist.
Boterenbrood acts as a pioneer exploring the places which she then enhances, alone or together with others, with her findings, making them visible to other people. It is the interpretation of this navigation that forms the core of her work. Her projects are often the starting point for processes with long-lasting effects.
Use is often made of maps or town plans when navigating through a region and enhancing its legibility. While geographical maps are based on objective measurements, the maps Boterenbrood creates add a personal dimension by incorporating sensory impressions such as fragrance, sound or colour. What she in fact does is to expand the legend of the map, increasing the number of aspects that can be read from it and thus strengthening the perception of the space concerned.
Marjolijn will travel to Knockvologan with the mind and attitude of a pioneer, taking with her an old nautical map with markings and incomprehensible notes of her father who sailed around the Ross of Mull in 1981.
She states that a place can be seen as an organism, the sum of many different interconnected parts. Taking this as a starting point, there is no fixed plan for her working period at Knockvologan Studies apart from the intention to explore the lanscape with all her senses in order to map out its relational nature.
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