Earlier this year, Dutch artist Nienke Lit sold most of what she owned and took up residence in a former prison. This simplification was part of a greater plan to streamline life in preparation for an upcoming road trip and art project – a three-month motorcycle jaunt through the American West and a grand collaboration of creative women – Days of Yonder.
Physically, the Days of Yonder encompasses a series of “Yonder Pieces” crafted by Nienke and her collaborators on the road, a short film, and a comprehensive “End of Yonder” exhibition incorporating all of DOY’s collaborative yield. In addition to the tangible features of the project, uniting and inspiring women to roll the dice and chase whatever it is they are after rests at the heart of the adventure.
Recently, Nienke took an afternoon off to shoot around her current home with friend and photographer, Renée Sara Joppe, and had the following to say:
Renée Sara Joppe is drawn to finding images floating in time
the moments in “the lost hours” where
the mind allows dreams to run wild
and become ideas
I started editing life and all that is in it.
Letting go of stuff, keeping only the things
that tell a story worn by time,
memories made tangible
Visualizing my ideas of ultimate freedom
in an abandoned jailhouse
What wonderful irony…
“Days Of Yonder”
Sprung from a dream,
now the search is on.
90 days on a motorcycle
yondering down the West Coast of the USA
uniting five like-minded women with a common
Creating a better future together.
Of course getting into a whole lot of mischief is inevitable….