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Jeroen van Westen, "Huiskamers-tafels" (Living rooms/Tables), Alblasserwaard, Holland, 1998

Jeroen van Westen

Jeroen van Westen's rich and varied artwork explores the ways people express their connection to the world around them. Through projects exploring the role of Salmon in Seattle, Washington to the reconceptualization of a river in his native Netherlands, there is a deep and underlying appreciation for our collective human responsibility for the environments we create and inhabit.

"At the source of all my work lies the premise that landscape is legible; that a landscape reveals how the culture which created it related to the nature with which, and in which, the landscape was made. Nature and Culture are two mutually enriching concepts. Lengthy and repeated sojourns in a landscape lead to an analysis which in turn results in a work of art."

"This work tries to present the origins of the landscape in such a way that (re)interpretation of the environment becomes possible by taking the locally encountered relationship between Nature and Culture as subject. These works can take the form of temporary installations/performances, books, permanent constructions, (partial) designing/structuring of the landscape or a combination of all these possibilities."

About the image: hospitality hinges upon mutual respect between guest and host/hostess. At crossroads, in areas of small-scale tourism, I have placed small living rooms and tables. The living rooms represent the relationship of the farmers to their land, and each one is a concentrated image of the polder landscape and its inhabitants. The tables symbolize the coming together of country and visitor. The tables carry words and fragments of texts which relate to the experience of the landscape and explore its history and future.



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