Passage by Esther Jongsma
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Passage is the graduation project of Esther Jongsma. Passage exists as a carpet and as a room divider, made of layered wood. In it, old and new techniques meet: the traditional practice of patterned wooden floors is taken up by the new technology of laser cutting.
The work reflects Jongsma's fascination with barriers and thresholds, focusing especially on the process of passing and overcoming them. When you approach the room divider or walk alongside the carpet, the pattern changes. Whereas a barrier normally is static, here it mirrors the movement of those approaching it. As a room divider, 'Passage' functions as an actual threshold, partitioning a room into different areas. As a carpet, the work puts up a barrier in the room: do we still step on the carpet when it's made out of a different material than we're used to, or does its three dimensionality limit our moving space?