Bas Princen, Petra, 2011
Bas Princen, Pillar Petra, 2011
Anne Holtrop, Batara model, 2012
Bas Princen, Batara, 2012
Anne Holtrop, the making of Batara (Four Walls), Wageningen 2013
Anne Holtrop, Batara (Four Walls), Wageningen 2013
Architecture is predominantly a construction, an assemblage of materials. The opposite of constructing is perhaps the appropriation of found space, a natural cavity to give shelter. In between these two opposites many variations can be found.
In the 19th century Petra was rediscovered by a Swiss traveler. It must have been amazing to dig the sand away and gradually unearth the grave tombs and temples that were hewn out of the mountains. Somehow redoing what the Nabataeans did so long ago, making space by taking away material, either sand or stone.
The wind and the sand did not leave the temples and tombs untouched and faded away the looser stone parts. When walking there you see changing combinations of natural shapes, rocks and stone, sharply cut out spaces, openings hewn out of it. As if it wants to show us all the different possibilities on how the two can coexist.
By casting pigmented plaster directly in sand, I made form by first taking away the sand. This work relate to my earlier inkblot drawings, both are unrestricted in their shape, however the casts are more ambiguous with their double-faced appearance. The cast ‘walls’ are cut, with occasional openings made and loosely arranged as if a modernist house. With photographs of Bas placed alongside.
- Anne Holtrop