In her daily life, Arike Gill works four days a week at the collection Mineralogy and Petrology in Naturalis. She has to facilitate use of the collection by researchers. She is also responsible for the condition of the collection, so it will be accessible for future generations. She walks in the footsteps of her predecessors, dating back to 1820 with the origin of the museum. The collection contains minerals, gems, rocks, ores and meteorites.

In contrast with her job as a Collection Manager where she objectively archives the collections of explorers of the past and present, she actively takes on the role of explorer herself in her artwork. With her drawings and light installations, she travels through time. She incorporates residues from the past, present and future and rearranges them. Due to this, new connections are made and an alternative reality is born.

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