In his latest long term project; StagingWood, Elmo Vermijs explores our relationship with the forest, a tree and the material wood by taking the lifecycle of the forest as a starting-point. The project is inspired by a statement from philosopher and ecologist Thomas Berry in the early ’90s: “We have broken the great conversation; We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars.” This statement declares our current state and relationship with the natural environment.
StagingWood started with a research residency at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center in Japan, in the fall of 2019. For now, resulting in two works. Residual landscape (2019) explores the relation between the spiritual worship of nature, and the linear production process of lumber. For Compost the linear (2019), he used the inner space of a hollow tree trunk as mould to shape compost amongst other materials.