Since the 1990s Trudy Kunkeler has worked alternately in her studios in Dordrecht and Barcelona. She has used a residence in Andorra for two years and over the years has worked at locations in the French Pyrenees. In 1996 she made a study trip to Yemen to study loam architecture. Those periods have been and still are decisive for the development of her work. Landscape, architecture, archaeology, geography and cartography are the disciplines Kunkeler uses in her work. She questions not only the separation between sea, landscape and city and between photography, ceramics, sculpture and installation, but also between the various technical processes and material treatments and always discovers a new way of working that emanate from her way of thinking. Whether her work refers to antiquity or to contemporary press photographs, she always freezes a moment of disappearance, of destruction. A new city emerges that incorporates the traces of the old, a city that is inserted into the existing landscape and new landscapes that bear the traces of an old city. A constant line of construction and deconstruction
"Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock".
Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory (Vintage Books, London,1996)