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Locus Amoenus – Sanne Thunnissen

By 20/10/2014December 14th, 2018News

October 20th – November 2nd, 2014
Opening: Monday 20th October 6pm
At The Library Project

Though leaves are many, the root is one;
through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
now I may wither into the truth

W.B. Yeats

The image no longer shows what it is, but what it was.

The daily process of hiding ageing appearance is well known in society by all who hide through paint and plastic; but is less familiar when applied on flora.

Thunnissen’s series of houseplants conceal the plant’s present condition by retrieving a long-gone state, recalling its spectacular presence through a very subtle intervention: withered dead leaves get their old refreshing colour back through acrylic paint.

About Sanne Thunnissen
Sanne Thunnissen (1982) lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and studied at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and the Photo Academy.

In her art she explores flora through volatile still-lives. The images demonstrate her own point of view within domestic nature and the delicate balance between aesthetics, control, and nescience.