« in springtime when the forest around my village is without leaves, you see cherries flowering on the hillsides, like white clouds between the trees. i have worked with them in autumn, by laying down card beneath the tree and as the leaves fall onto it, fixing them in the positions where they have fallen so that i have that moment made visible. and i feel that i have to make visible that which people don’t see anymore. but it’s about randomness in nature as well, that particular work. randomness and chance. »
Herman De Vries, a walking conversation, in herman de vries. documents of a stream. the real works 1970-1992 <an interview of Paul Nesbitt>, Royal Botanic Garden : Edinburgh 1992, 4-7 (ill.).