Jolande Traa

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.

Jolande Traa