Title: Extraterrestrial (2002-2004, No longer on site)


Artist: Ellen Dijkstra   Exhibition year: 2002

A wild flower meadow sloped gently down to the marshy bay of the lake in front of the cabin, and melded seamlessly into the woods that surrounded it. Scattered amongst the meadow's long harvest gold grasses and bramble bushes were large white balls made of plastic netting - perhaps a foot each in diameter. While clearly wrought by human hand, they had the appearance of having blown there in the wind, like oversized milkweed pods that Monarch butterflies feed upon... She told me that the first time she visited the Tree Museum, what attracted her most about the landscape was not the forest itself but the way in which the sunlit meadow clearing dissolved into the thick dark shadows of the woods. The first image that this border between clearing and woods conjured in her mind was one of shear white cloth floating in air, traces of tree nymphs or midnight witches who could slip through the porous boundaries of matter and spirit. In the metamorphosis from this image into the objects that lay before me, it was as if Dijkstra had found a metaphor for enchantment, casting a spell through her transformation of cloth into twine that drew us back to a time when nature was animated by folklore and a sensual energy filled the air. At once familiar and strange, natural and unnatural, these artificial spheres did not draw attention to the differences between spirit and matter but to their resemblances. The sensation that the natural world and its cultural expression were not separate but intimately intertwined had become embodied in the material residue of the white spheres resting lightly on the late summer foliage. 
Dot Tuer, "Metamorphosis and Metaphor: The Re-Enchantment of Nature and Art " The Tree Museum, (The Tree Museum, 2002-2003)

Ellen Dijkstra lives and works in Rotterdam. A graduate of The Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, her work has been presented in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Canada.