Where Sky and Earth Meet (ᠲᠩᠷᠢ ᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ)

8 - 11 JUN 2023, as part of Springboard Art Fair, Werkspoorkathedral, Utrecht, NL

Where Sky and Earth Meet (ᠲᠩᠷᠢ ᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ) consists of recent works that contemplate the meeting point between the sky and the earth. It is a space where deep time and the invisible realms intertwine with the tangible and the present.
In Mongol shamanic belief, the touching point of this convergence is believed to be in trees, mountains or ovoos, stone cairn shrines for mountain spirits. Another variation is the barisa, which features a big branch or sometimes is a living tree such as the legendary “Mother Tree,” Eej Mod in Selenge, Mongolia. 

Where Sky and Earth Meet (ᠲᠩᠷᠢ ᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ) is an invitation to contemplate the intricacy of the natural world and reconsider our place within it, opening up new possibilities for multispecies coexistence.

Tracing Trees #1, 2023
cyanotype, ink 
47 x 59 x 2cm

Tracing Trees #2, 2023
cyanotype, ink 
17 x 61 x 2cm

Tracing Trees #3, 2023
cyanotype, ink 
17 x 61 x 2cm

The Tracing Trees series was prompted by the effects of global warming and a severe heat wave that struck Berlin last summer. The vulnerability of the trees in the area, which often fell and broke even with the slightest strong wind, their broken twigs and branches are a fragment of the greater.
The first layer of the series involved using cyanotypes of branches. These cyanotypes were created using branches collected from an affected area. By employing the cyanotype method, the aim was to highlight the fragility of the trees in the face of environmental challenges.

The second layer of the series involved tracing the intricate surfaces of a fallen tree right next to Berlin's oldest tree, the Fat Marie. The textures and patterns of broken branches and exposed roots were carefully traced, and ink was used to preserve and trace these intricate details. This final layer completed the Tracing Trees series.

Turning the World into a Soft Mist deals with the alchemical aspects of painting—the equilibrium of water and stones. Radically leaky.
Turning the World into a Soft Mist, 2023
cyanotype, acrylic ink, varnish
43 x 59cm

Weaving the World, 2023
17m braided Mongolian horse hair rope, brass, brass bells, lapis lazuli
73 x 130cm

Weavng the World is created from intricately hand-braided Mongolian horse hair. The title of the piece captures the essence of the work, as it symbolizes the interwoven, the interconnected vessel.
The work takes the form of an endless knot, but with a subtle shamanic layer: The nine vertical loops reference the nine branches of the world tree, known as turge or serghe, an intercultural universal axis mundi symbol.

The Mongolian horse hair that is collected in spring, when the horse mane is trimmed down for regrowth, makes an extraordinary all-weather resistant rope. This particular rope is used for a 5-walled ger, it is the belt piece that keeps the entire construction together.

Serving as a visual symbol for the interconnectedness of all lifeforms in the world, it represents the complex and interwoven relationships between individuals, organisms, and the natural environment. The work invites viewers to contemplate the delicate balance and interdependence that exists in our interconnected and resilient world.