Milah van Zuilen

Milah van Zuilen is a visual artist and forest ecologist in training. She aims to bend the fields of art and ecology closer towards each other. To her, scientific ways of observing, analyzing and capturing are very similar to artistic ways of seeing. Through pseudo-scientific fieldwork, she researches this similarity and questions the sense of ownership that can come with scientifically looking at the land.

Oak-beech forest floor, 2021 | dried leaves on wood | 130 x 75 cm

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Milah van Zuilen imaginatively projected the shape of the wood panel she used for this work onto a piece of forest. Then, she systematically scanned this rectangular piece of forest and started walking in straight consecutive lines, collecting leaves. Each time she went to this piece of forest, she walked a few lines, collected leaves and went home to dry them. After this process she cut them into squares and neatly arranged them in lines onto the wood panel. As a result, all square pieces of leaves in this work geographically refers to their original placement on the forest floor.

Terrafuturism, 2021 | dried leaves on cardboard | 80 x 60 cm

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For this fieldwork experiment, van Zuilen collected a big amount of leaves from dead branches of Carpinus betulus (hornbeam) after someone aggressively pruned a Carpinus betulus hedgerow.

Mom's Walk, 2021 | dried leaves on cardboard | 70 x 50 cm

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Van Zuilen received this small pile of leaves in the post, and organized them by species from left to right, starting with the species represented by the highest amount of squares and ending with the species represented by the least amount of squares.

This work is made with collected leaves from the Fagus sylvatica purpurea (copper beech). They were into squares and arranged into two grids. In one, the leaves are arranged at random. In the other, the leaves are somewhat arranged by colour, in a gradient from purple to green.

Fagus sylvatica purpurea, 2021 | dried leaves on cardboard | 50 x 70

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For this fieldwork experiment, a grid was imaginatively projected onto a field. The appearance and distribution of Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) was observed. Where was the appearance of the species represented by foliage and where by flowers? Both the flowers and the leaves were collected and transformed into the shape of a grid structure, referring to their geospatial appearance in the field.

Taraxacum officinale, 2021 | Dried leaves on cardboard | 80 x 60 cm

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Species from the herbaceous layer on my walk, 2021 | dried leaves on cardboard | 80 x 60 cm

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This work is made of leaves from the herbaceous layer that Milah van Zuilen found on one of her walks. She dried them, cut them into squares, and arranged them according to the order in which she found them.

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