05/24

LIMINAL LANDSCAPE

Ceramics research on wild clay, volcanic matter and sugarcane ash glazes

PRODUCT
SCULPTURE
INSTALLATION

02/24

TEFRA

Sculptural light and exploration of volcanic stone
PRODUCT 

02/23

DAM VESSELS

Collection of water vessels designed with modular casting
 PRODUCT INSTALLATION

06/22

REQUIEM FOR A RIVER

DAE Degree project on the geopolitics of damming the Mekong River
INSTALLATION PERFORMANCE PRODUCT RESEARCH

12/20

SALINE ROOTS

An investigation on salinisation and mangrove deforestation in the Mekong Delta
INSTALLATION PRODUCT RESEARCH

02/21

SHIFTING SANDS

A participatory performance exploring the threats of sand mining in the Mekong Delta
PERFORMANCE RESEARCH SCULPTURE

06/21

TO MY SIGNIFICANT OTTER

A rewilding intiative on the conception of habitats for otters and multispecies
SPATIAL RESEARCH

03/21

AN ENDLESS RIDDLE

A short film and spatial reflection on the landscape of greenhouse horticulture
MOVING IMAGE

02/21

BLUE FELDTWARE

An experimental collection of stools from waste denim
INSTALLATION

02/18

TALES OF AN ESSENCE 

A participatory  installation and multi-sensory  experience on the herbal essence of St. John’s Wort
PERFORMANCE SCULPTURE RESEARCH

02/18

YOUNGER AMBER

Material explorations from pine resin and its luminous qualities
MATERIAL RESEARCH 

02/18

PEARLESCENT

Sculptural light installation
SCULPTURE 



SALINE ROOTS


CATEGORY: Installation, Product, Research
DATE: 12/2020

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jeroen Van De Gruiter︎︎︎

Saline Roots is a salt-filtering device that pays homage to native Vietnamese Mangrove trees (Rhizophora apiculata) and their most unique ability to tolerate and extract salt through their root system.

By using the process of distillation, this artificial copper tree seeks to translate the technological properties of mangroves and highlight their vital importance as a salt biofilter and as an ecosystem.
The proportion of salt contained within the flask reflects the amount found during peak salinity levels in the Mekong Delta in 2020 (5g/L).

While the dry season of 2020 has seen the most severe saltwater intrusion and drought conditions recorded in Vietnam in a century, significantly affecting the livelihoods, food security and water supply across 13 provinces in the Mekong River Delta region, mangrove forests and bioreserves continue to be at threat of deforestation by newly approved land reclamation tourism projects and governmental pressure on aquaculture expansion.