Medieval Highway

Born and grown up in a little village called Nijeveen, I was living for 17 years in the south – west part of the province of Drenthe. For study and work I took of to other parts of the country. After 30 years, in the winter of 2011, I came back and settled again in Drenthe directly from the big city of Rotterdam. Drenthe, the first place of civilization in the pre-historic Netherlands.
Now a days people think different about that. Still weekly I pass the gap between the Randstad and Drenthe.

Ever since the first spring of 2012 my husband and I are exploring the beautiful countryside. It’s not about the monumental stone herritage we are hiking, it’s about experience the sence of the place, the Genius Loci.
Also in this spring I saw for the first time the wheeltrails of medieval cars. To be honest I read about them during a walk through the Strubben Kniphorstbosch near Schipborg. I did not see them! This wheeltrail is called a medieval highway. From that moment I was projecting a bunch of cars with horses on the silent heath. Where did the medieval traffic go to? How is it possible that those trails are still existing? Where are they, how could I recognize them in the landscape it self? A sign with historical information a long the walkingpath was showing me the way.

As a visual artist I’m focused on the micro reliëf of the landscape. I’m reading those structures and converting them into felt.

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