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by Hannah Streefkerk
Landart Biennale in Valkenswaard, Netherlands, 2010
In a large-scale installation at the Land Art Biënnale 2010 Valkenswaard, Netherlands, Streefkerk “restored” approximately thirty trees in an area called de Malpie. To create the appearance that textile bandages were actually stitched into the trees, she drilled tiny holes to nail yarn into the damaged bark. Through her land art restorations, Streefkerk brings awareness to trees injured by both natural and human influences. The artist skillfully incorporates traditional embroidery techniques into these site-specific outdoor interventions, triggering a unique dialogue between observer and landscape as viewers walk around and in between the artistically “healed” trees.