The work ‘The Future Is A Red Egg’ is part of the ongoing and eponymous research project by Louise te Poele. In it, she examines, among other things, the relationship between her photographic and spatial works. The title refers to everything that is yet to come and what we don’t know yet and what we think we know about the future. By working with this theme, the artist also shapes the future.
In her research, the boundaries are constantly blurring. What are we looking at? Towards a spatial image or to its depiction? To reality or to fiction? She draws her inspiration from modern life, in which we experience daily that the boundaries between real and fake and between virtual and physical are fading.
The backdrop for this work is the nature reserve adjacent to her birthplace, the Koolmansdijk in Lievelde. From which she once fled, but returns after many wanderings. This used to be mostly agricultural land, but this soil has been excavated so that old, native seeds came to the surface again and new ‘old’ nature has been developed.
In the middle of this world, the viewer sees an animal creature wrapped in fabric. It transcends itself because it seems to float above ground level and thus becomes a witness to the landscape. The enveloping fabric symbolises protection, but also functions as a deterrent mechanism: here, manipulated nature watches over nature.