Gemma’s work is characterized by a complete emergence into the location of her work,
so when she exchanged her busy Amsterdam life for a one-month residence in the quiet
Lulean woodlands, it was sure to have a profound influence on her work. Her exhibition
clearly shows the efforts of a moderate-climate city girl looking for ways to build a home
amidst the emptines and cold of the Lulean spring-winter. Finding ways to tie down and
reshape the unpredictable woes of nature into something more habitable.
The subject of human intervention in nature, city versus landscape, has always been key
to Gemma’s work. Her work would often consist of man-made materials (such as drawings,
wires, found objects) boundlessly ‚growing’ into the room, overtaking all that gets in their way.
While her previous work often behaved like nature, this time she makes nature behave:
tieing it down, bending it to her will and purpose.
And though her stay was too short for her to become a true Lulean, her work belongs here.