Vloeiende Verstilling (2023)

‘Vloeiende Verstelling’ focuses on the relationship between man and water, with the island of Schouwen-Duiveland serving as a strating point. On the island it is clearly visible how we as humans keep nature under control. Or are we as humans subservient to nature, despite our grip on nature? The question is who ultimately has control over whom.

Researchers have discovered that sand ripples, preserved in fossils, contain valuable insights into past climates. Using 3D scans, Annelieke has captured the present-day patterns and translated them into these glass pieces, incorporating sand found on the island as a key element.

The glass sculptures were specifically created for Annelieke’s solo exhibition at stichting Bewaerschole. Prior to the exhibition, Annelieke did a residency on the island Schouwen-duivenland to conduct research for this body of work.

Part of ‘The Future Has Many Histories’ commissioned by Stichting Bewaerschole

Glass and sand
various sizes between 20 - 80cm

Versteend Verleden (2023)

"Versteend verleden" is part of the biennial program of Stichting Bewaerschole. It revolves around the thematic concept of "The Future Has Many Histories."

On the island of Schouwen-Duivenland, it is evident how we, as humans, exert control over nature, particularly in the case of water. The question remains whether we can sustain this control in the long run. This vulnerability makes Zeeland a place with an uncertain future.

Through the outdoor art piece, Annelieke embedded the current intricate patterns of the sand, which hold valuable climate data, into basalt rock. This rock is provided by Rijkswaterstaat Zeeland and consists of the exact same stones to shield Zeeland from the relentless force of the sea. The artwork can be seen as a man-made fossil or memorial stone, serving as a lasting testament for future generations.

Part of ‘The Future Has Many Histories’ commissioned by Stichting Bewaerschole


Basalt Rock
160 x 70 cm

Brass Relic (2022)

'Brass Relic' is the result of research at
MOB-complex, Tilburg. By combining its history
as a military storage base where nature
took over the area, Annelieke Rovers has
created an abstract footprint of the site.

Using brass, like once was used to make
the bullets that where stored here.
This mobile sculpture balances details
and shapes of the surroundings and
preserves parts of MOB-complex now its
future is uncertain.

Part of ‘Draaimolen Festival 2022’
commissioned by Draaimolen Festival

Brass sheets
1.00 x 2.00 meters

Floating Waters (2022)

A piece of Floating Waters re-exhibited for a photography installation by Marinka Grondel at Draaimolen Festival 2022

© Picture by Marinka Grondel

0.75 x 1.20 meters

Floating Waters (2021)

Floating Waters interprets the stories inspired by ‘De Zuiderwaterlinie’. A portrayal of the relationship between man and water in the past, present and future.

We, especially in the Netherlands, are unconditionally connected to water. Besides the eternal struggle with the rising sea level, we have used water in the past to defend our country. By deliberately flooding an area (inundation), we stopped the enemy. Today, our struggle with water has taken a new turn. Where we used to have too much water, we are now facing a water shortage due to climate change. In the future we will therefore have to live more in harmony with the water around us.

The stories of water are translated into different water surfaces, which are realized in glass. The glass works can be seen as an ode to water and what it has meant to us and will mean in the future.

Part of the exhibition ‘Landkunst op de Zuiderwaterlinie 2021’
commissioned by Kunstloc

0.75 x 1.20 meters