Finding a route through uninhabitable land


Artist publication, 2017
Graphic design: Lyanne Polderman

Finding a route through uninhabitable land (2018) is a printed artist publication, made during a research period at the Natural History Museum Maastricht in early 2018. While working in the archives, I felt inspired by the transience of the notes which accompanied the stored objects, unreadable due to humility, handwriting or simply age. Although it was not intented, these abstract notes were in an equal way preserved as the objects themselves. 

The work connects with the travel books written by Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) in which he describes the difficulties of finding a route through the overgrown and dangerous rainforest in South America. By copying the maps over and over again, only the most dominant lines on the paper remain and thus form a fictional route through these remote places. By printing the different steps made during the process in the form of a Leporello, the original map slowly disappears into abstraction and transforms into a path through respectively The Amazones and The Himalayas.


Finding a route through uninhabitable land (2018)
limited edition of 16
9 pages, double-sided, handmade
16,4 cm x 11 cm. Folded out: 16,4 cm x 100 cm
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