Saskia Noor van Imhoff

untitled . 2022


Examining the growth of plant life and the evidence of past activity embedded in the soil, van Imhoff studies the story the earth tells of human and nonhuman interactions. The artist interprets and complements this with archival materials such as maps and historical documents, which has informed her understanding of the terrain and contributes to a layered, visual representation of the property.The way in which the artist advances alternate systems of referencing the bounded area that belongs to her, brings into question how property and ownership is signified. Does the division of land by lines, or borders, produce a sense of ownership? Or, in the case of neglected or undeveloped land, why is it attributed with a sense of emptiness, subject to a different set of values from that which is “owned”?