Jantien Mook

As a child I was fascinated by rhythms and patterns. I loved to visit nature, the forest, the beach and desolate places. I was drawn to a world full of animals and other living creatures.

I studied scriptwriting and made several short films.

Later I went to a volunteers project in the South of France. My job was to construct and renovate old buildings during my stay in a 12th century monastery. The surrounding made a strong impression on me and I felt a deep connection with the natural environment. Besides my construction work, all kinds of drawings emerged out of my pencil, which felted organic and free. This was the start for me as a self-taught visual artist.

In the backyard of Amsterdam I found my way to the forest again, het Amsterdamse bos, I consider as my green studio. There I find endless inspiration and shape my thoughts and new ideas. Besides writing stories I made series of ink drawings.

In the Amsterdamse bos I was captured by the grazing Scottish Highlanders with their long spiral horns. Their appearance in slow motion, with a certain rhythm in their colorful vegetation inspired me for a sculpture. There my first sculpture was born, 'Highlander'. This was the start of Ode to the Wilderness, a concept that I established for my art projects. With Ode to the Wilderness I want to express my love and wonder for nature and her animals. I am fascinated by how she moves, her structure and patterns which I try to capture in my sculptures, drawings and writing.

During my walks in the forest I am touched by a strong atmosphere; the different trees, the light, the birds, the plants, the insects and all the other living creatures. Their vibrating activities come together and fall into place. In my work I try to come close to my walks in the forest and this I want to share with others.