Rolling Landscapes (2021)

Gill Baldwin

Sponsor: V2_Lab, Host: V2_Lab

During construction of the Marker Wadden, a human-made nature reserve, 20,000 units of the plant known as the common reed, or Phragmites australis, were placed in the sandy soil to stabilize the land. What does it mean to create nature?

In the sculpture Rolling Landscapes, hundreds of Phragmites australis are individually cut and placed into floral water tubes. With violent precision, the reeds are forced into a performative rotation. The sculpture explores the tension between the plants’ fragility, their desperate effort to stay alive, and the rough, raw physical violence inherent in manufacturing natural spaces.

This project was developed during a residency as part of a Summer Sessions residency at V2_.