An important starting point in the work of Jolande Traa is the way in which the experience of space is determined by perception, and vice versa.
‘In my work I refer to the parameters of the perception of spatiality, such as the direction of view and perspective. Horizontal, vertical and diagonal stand for length, width and height. In this way, I organize the concrete into this representation of three-dimensionality. The lines delineate planes, which are essential for spatial perception. When is something flat and when does it become spatial? That moment, that is what it is about. I restrict myself to simple elements – line and plane, black and white – in order to reinforce this ambivalence. There is no colour or figuration to distract.’
The viewer can approach the spatial manuscript as a show-box. The black lines on the flat white surface transform into a three-dimensional image, depending on the direction of view. Thus, when looking at the manuscript there is a constant interaction between the denial of the concrete space on the one hand and that of the flat surface on the other.