Water color pencil and sprayed water on Hahnemühle water color paper, 300 gr/m2. Dimensions are either 35 x 50 cm or 50 x 70 cm.
Grazing Choreographies consists of:
• A collection of 48 drawings of grazing patterns of cows, executed in the mountains of Engadin in the Swiss Alps and the Dutch flat landscape of Groningen. Every drawing comes with a text that describes the observation process.
• An artist book containing all 48 drawings and texts (in Dutch and English).
Press (in Dutch)
Hoe gracieus graast een koe? JEGENS & TEVENS 26-11-’22 (How Gracious does a Cow Graze): “[…] delving into the choreography of animals. Not from science, but from art. […] What’s funny to see is that cows often walk one way and then return for a short while, and then go on again. Cows like to zigzag. It is also winding each time, like a stream on a map, or a spool of yarn lying around. […] But yes, those cows do walk there for us, of course. They are ignorant of that and that is what makes them so tragic. You notice that when a cow is genuinely sad once when her calf is taken away: ‘The milk is paid for with the many separations of cow and calf.’
Graaspatronen van koeien: even simpel als ingenieus MuseumTijdschrift 02-08-’21 (Grazing Patterns of Cows, as simple as ingenious): “We wouldn’t have drawn the grazing patterns like that if we hadn’t had that 20-year GPS experience.”
Two drawings from the Grazing Choreographies series at Drawing Art Bruxelles, at DudokDeGroot Gallery.
The 48 pencil drawings are combined in a beautiful book.
Bookdesign: Karen Polder
Translation: Siji Jabbar.
You can order the book by sending an email to PolakVanBekkum.
Grazing Choreographies/Graaschoreografieën is made possible by contributions from Het Mondriaan Fonds, the Jaap Hartenfund, arts initiative Somalgors74, Tschlin, Switzerland, and Foundation Stokroos.