Rolling Landscapes

Rolling Landscapes (2021) is a work by Gill Baldwin.

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 work was developed in 2021 during a Summer Sessions residency at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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