Scarlett Hooft  Graafland, ‘Angèle’, 2013, Flowers

About Scarlett Hooft Graafland

Documenting her own bizarre interventions in harsh landscapes, Scarlett Hooft Graafland uses a combination of photography, performance, and site-specific sculpture to create images that are surreal and fantastical. Hooft Graafland journeys deep into remote, difficult terrains—Bolivian salt flats, the Arctic, or rural China—which she uses as stark and striking backdrops to playful juxtapositions and installations often inspired by the local population and mythology. Vanishing Traces (2007), a homage to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970), consists of balloons floating in Bolivia’s Laguna Colorada, where Smithson had originally wanted to install his jetty but failed to do so because of the remoteness of the location. For Lemonade Igloo (2008), Hooft Graafland constructed an igloo from built blocks of frozen orange juice. Hooft Graafland describes her motivation as rooted in “magic realism” and “the wonder of creating situations that have never existed before and will probably never exist again.”

Dutch, b. 1973, based in The Netherlands