'In order not to become a houseplant, I study wild plants. Their survival strategies, growth, and dispersal are a valuable source of inspiration for me. The way in which some plants can grow between tiles, survive on barren soil, or manage to infiltrate beautiful landscaped gardens is truly admirable to me.'
Til, J. van der (2019). Begrijp ik mijn tuin? Groningen, Nederland: Rhizomebook.
Jan van der Til is a visual artist who employs natural concepts such as growth, self-regulation and spread of species to construct theoretical frameworks for his work, which aims to counteract narrow-minded thinking. His work, which is consistently titled 'Book' followed by a Roman numeral, is displayed in galleries and museums both domestically and internationally.
To reduce dependence on art institutions he increasingly utilizes the internet (excluding social media) and the concept of rhizome, as outlined in rhizome theory, to exhibit and further develop his work. As of 2021, he has dedicated significant time to exploring the realm of crypto and the limitless potential of blockchain technology. He sees similarities between the idea of blockchain technology and rhizome theory where both have the concept of decentralization and power distribution among the network and the idea of growth, where the network is expanding and new nodes are added.