Botanic name: Phytolacca americana, english name: American Pokeweed, part: fruit (purple to almost black berries), location: Koninginneweg Amsterdam NL, recipe: water-based, date: 30 July 2014.’
Description of the Residue project: Residue
Residue is a research project about collecting vegetable dyes.
I use parts such as leaves, branches, roots, bark, bark and lichens to make. Different shades Ultimately, the aim is to obtain in the form of residues. Extensive color overview.
Of interest here is that I have my own perception research through the perception of color, this based on the city of Amsterdam as a range. It is a quest through my hometown, with the senses, strolling to loose plant material for the preparation of color.
The residues comprising watercolors produced by myself vegetable dye, they are carefully layer by layer so towards the center an increasingly higher concentration dye is visible.
In parallel, it is a documentary project about the mapping of vegetation in Amsterdam on the basis of photography, drawings and text. The circumstances in which I find the plant and my personal findings that I therewith. Inventory of Here I do not go solely on facts, but also of my own astonishment, what I think and how I see it. My observations about ecological conditions in an urban area and what makes the chemistry of plant substances that color create remarkable. The residues are stored digitally as an alternative variant of the Pantone color range.
The basic elements in this study are ecology, botany and aesthetics. Within I research location, habitat, plant material and dye.
The influence of light and air play an obvious role in this study, light, so you can see and distinguish things and that colors can dwarf and air that can do things proceed to oxidation. Sense of temporality.
Arja Hop grew up in a wooded area, where drawing, painting and outdoor collecting finds were a natural need during her youth. !
She studied at the Academy St. Joost in Breda (BA of Art) and studied one year of philosophy at the University of Amsterdam where she lives and works. !
Initially wanted Hop to be biologist but she chose art. The fascination with natural and chemical processes and the microscopic observation, identify and organize is reflected in her work. Elementary forms are the building blocks of its visual examination. Before its process is intuitive. Her work comes from the interest in topics such as the experience of time, movement, light and space. The exploration of “edges” of human perception and the specifications of analog techniques from a meta perspective. On the basis of aesthetic values it examines the cutting edge in the field of nature and culture. !
Hop works in different media, including porcelain and photography. The emphasis of her work is on painting and drawing. In addition, she is doing research volume from the physical act and experience of the material. She tries to reduce it to a shape, material and color analysis, a performance, experience or situation in order to create a kind of (intermediate) space gradually emerges as under her hands a collection of new shapes and images. !
The mental processes in its work will play an important role. The intensive study of shapes and brings her experience as it were at a more abstract perception level, perceiving perception. Hop: “My works are rather a mental processing (information stored impressions / memories), then a sensory translation of the observed object.”