Posted by: QQmei | March 25, 2013

Hello from Johan to children

johan sietzema

Hello to all the children in Cheng Long,
哈囉,成龍的小朋友,大家好!!

My name is Johan Sietzema, and I am living in Holland, in the city of Gouda (named after the Gouda cheese!).  Gouda is a little old town in the middle of the Green Heart of Holland. The Peat Wetlands in Holland are about 4 to 6 meters below sea level. The only way for us to stay dry is to pump out the water into higher canals and lakes around us. The water level is sometimes reaching as high as the roof or the first floor of our houses.
我是Johan Sietzema,我住在荷蘭的豪達鎮 (這個城市的名字是以「豪達起司」來命名的,「豪達起司」是荷蘭的扁圓形黃色乳酪!) 豪達鎮是個有點古老的城鎮,位於荷蘭的綠色心臟中部 (The Green Heart of Holland 「綠色心臟」是一個被阿姆斯特丹、鹿特丹、海牙等大城市圍繞的鄉村地區)。荷蘭的泥炭濕地大約低於海平面4到6公尺,為了維持乾燥,我們所能做的就是把水抽到我們周圍更高的運河和湖泊。海平面有的時候甚至高達我們的屋頂或是房子的一樓。

I am an ecological or land artist using regional materials, working according to the history and circumstances of the location. Most of the time, my studio is outside in the landscape at the same place the installation or sculpture piece will be part of.  I love to work with all kinds of natural materials such as wood, willow-shoots, clay, sand, growing and living plants, vegetable fibers, and water. I am using the techniques of basket making and earth building to make constructions with branches, weaving them together to create strong pieces.  These are also the materials and techniques I want to use to work with the children and community of Cheng Long.  I want to not only create a material object, but a growing, living piece that belongs to the place; it becomes part of this special area of Cheng Long Wetlands.  This project will not only be the way of the artist, his mind and ideas and a presentation to visitors, but the exchange with the local inhabitants and the landscape, the roots that connect us as living creatures.
我是個生態/地景藝術家,運用在地的素材,並依據每個地方的歷史和環境來創作。大部分的時間,我的工作室在戶外,也就是在地景裡,和我的裝置創作或雕塑作品在一起。我喜歡用各式各樣的自然素材來創作,像是木材、柳樹的嫩枝、泥土、沙子、生長中的植物、蔬菜的鬚根和水。我運用籃編和泥塑的技巧將樹枝編織起來,創造成一個堅固的作品;這也是我想要在成龍村和孩子及社區居民共同創作的材料及技術。我想要的不只是創作一個物件,而是一件會持續成長、活生生的屬於這個地方的作品,它將成為專屬於成龍溼地的一部分。這個計畫將不只是藝術家將他的心靈、想法呈現給訪客,而是藝術家和當地的居民,以及地景,也就是我們生命的根源,相互交流的結果。

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These are some photos from an weaving project with school children in Lopik Holland last year.

These are some photos from an weaving project with school children in Lopik Holland last year.

I am also a teacher of 2 and 3 Dimensional Design at the PolytechnicalCollege “Vakschool Schoonhoven” in Schoonhoven, Holland. The school trains students to be jewelers or work with stained glass and make glass objects with glass blowing. For me it will be an honor to meet the children and community of Cheng Long and to work with them to create the “Food-Prints” project in the Cheng Long Wetlands.
我也是荷蘭Schoonhoven工藝專科學校平面和立體設計的老師。這個學校專門訓練學生成為珠寶設計師,也以教導彩色玻璃,吹製玻璃的藝術作品著稱。我覺得非常榮幸可以跟成龍的孩子和居民見面,並且一同在成龍溼地創作「食物足跡」這件作品。

Thank you and see you soon,
謝謝並期待早日見面

Johan


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