Jump to the beat of the animal feet

installation, solo exhibition, Lumen Travo Gallery

The large installation comprises a textile frieze, a serie of six circular textile applications and a number of small objects, such as seeds strung on wire and drawings.
Frieze 6.43 x 3.00 m, circles: 1.20 m in diameter,

In her installation Jump to the beat of the animal feet, Mariëlle Videler is looking for a reassessment of our relationship with animals. She draws animals, mostly living in an urban environment, such as rats, ants, parakeets and her own cat Victor. For the compositions she found inspiration in prehistoric images of animals and hunting. She studied the prehistoric rock paintings that are situated in the national park Serra da Capri Vara, Brazil. In 2012, she first saw images of these rock paintings in the University of São Paulo, in the thesis of Brazilian archaeologist Niède Guidon (1983). The rock paintings, often drawn on top of each other, were made by different groups of people at different times, along a route that was later used by the settlers. Remarkably, the depicted animals were portrayed while in motion, at height of action, minimal lines were used and they were not always shown in logical proportion to each other and to humans. The precise idea behind the drawings is unknown but Guidon writes that the depiction of animals played an important role in maintaining a connection and balance with nature. Mariëlle Videler translated her own drawings on fabric into a modern-day cosmology of plants and animals.