Elspeth Diederix (1971, Kenya, based in The Netherlands)
Tropaeolum Mobile, 2020. Photography mounted on a mobile.
Twirl, 2006. Photography, 172×125 cm.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Elspeth Diederix grew up in Colombia, and now lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at both the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2002, she won the prestigious Prix de Rome Photography award.
In recent years, Elspeth’s focus shifted from her travels towards her immediate surroundings. This change saw her initiate the Miracle Garden project, a living flower garden in Amsterdam’s Erasmuspark, which she herself maintains. She describes this garden as her studio, but also as her muse.
The 2006 photograph Twirl reminds us of the power of an embrace. In these uncertain times, when being close to others is discouraged, the importance of touch and closeness has become ever more clear. Tropaeolum Mobile, made specifically for this exhibition, is a mobile of large floating leaves from the East Indian cherry plant. As it rotates, the mobile offers the viewer a green embrace. The spinning colours of the embrace in Twirl now make way for the comfort of Elspeth’s favourite leaf.
Courtesy AkzoNobel Art Foundation.