dindi. Fine Art Photography

WANDERLUST Prinsenkwartier Delft

The paradox of inner Nature
Dindi is a Dutch artist and she lives and works in Gouda, The Netherlands

Through these surreal worlds that dindi creates, the picturesque images evoke confusion despite of its serene stillness. In her photographic work she tries to create an inner landscape. In fact, dindi visualizes the duality of an inner paradox; the veil, the layering and the masks of human identity.

Water is a very important part of her photographic work.

Dindi: “Water continues to fascinate me and in this I keep researching the impact of water in my work. In fact, water is the only element that I cannot fully control. The water allows both the staged image and the surreal water reflections to balance in an interesting and fascinating way. Water brings a certain spontaneity to my work as well as surrealism and alienation from reality, which allows me to visualize those deeper inner layers. 

With my images I am taking the viewer along this “inner walk”; wandering through the landscape of its inner world behind masks and coverings. The water in my work mirrors the thoughts and the viewer can be taken on a journey through his own illusionary world of desires and fears. “

Little Green, 2021, 150 x 150 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprint

After finishing my Fine Art Studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam in ’99, I continued investigating using water affecting my images. 
Experimenting with water and trying to control its impact is the main core of my research for over the past 20 years. 

Water sometimes tends to abstract forms within the figurative image, thereby giving the images a surreal and oily appearance. These new ‘uncontrollable’ shapes that water causes, free the image and help me to visualize normally invisible complex signals and capture them together in one image.

*A small selection of my works are shown on this page. For my complete portfolio select the portfolio button on the topmenu.  All works are secured in a limited edition of 7 pieces and delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity with the edition number and signed by the artist. 

Hunting Bliss, 2020, 100x 100 cm, Sybille, 2019, 100 x 100 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprints

The desire to merge with the sublime manifests itself in many guises and always contains this paradox. It is precisely within that apparent being torn that completeness already exist. And this seemingly dual contradiction is precisely wherein it resides. It is within the inexplicable, balancing on the edge of insanity, discord and surrender, that in my opinion, lies the unity.

Within these imaginary worlds that I create, I try to capture and depict these perfectly sculpted inner landscapes into an outer form and image. And so a surrealistic biotope arises in which “the cruel and the beautiful” unite.

Nietzsche: “It is not the beauty that we long for but it is the chaos, the primal ground of our existence that reaches beyond understanding and words.”

The Baroness, 2021, 150 x 150 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprint

While intuitively creating the most recent ‘Inner Landscapes’ series I started to delve into cyclical sense of time. During the process, a kind of galactic landscapes arose in which timelessness and multiple actions were repeatedly linked. Synchronous in a kind of cosmic rhythm. The landscape symbolizes the body and the body symbolizes the landscape as a cyclical reflection. The fusion of everything.

HummingBird, 2021, 150 x 150 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprint

The idea that everything is in a way in relation to each other, of which actions, memories, future, past, life, growth and death take place as a cyclical process and at the same time. I try to let all this grow intuitively in one image. The images are therefor a fullness of actions and yet have the tranquility and acceptance of this multiplicity because it is a cyclical flow.

PathFinder, 2020, 110 x 150 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprint

Clarissa Pinkola Estes : “In fact in every woman another woman exists. An external creature and an internal being. One who lives in the upper world and one that lives in a world that is not so easy to identify. The external creature lives by daylight and can easily be detected.
But the internal being usually comes from far to the surface, often suddenly and vanishes equally quickly as it appears. The paradox of this female double nature is that these two women are separately one, but also coupled elements in the psyche that inter-connects in a thousand ways.”

Lady and the Serpent, 2020, 120 x 180 cm, Hahnemüle Barytha Fine Art photoprint

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30 x 30 cm , 80 pages, hard cover, full colour
(Please click on the cover image to see a few pages of the book)

This portfolio catalog shows an overview of the photographic artworks of the dutch artist dindi who lives and works in Gouda, The Netherlands. In the imaginary worlds she creates the suggestive images evoke confusion despite its serene stillness. In her work she tries to capture and depict an inner landscape in an outer form.
Water is a very important part of her work. Experimenting with water and trying to control its impact on the image is the main core of her artistic research for over the past 20 years.
Ever since  she finished her art studies at the Willem the Kooning Academy in Rotterdam she continued investigating using water affecting her images.

Museum Collection


January 2015 – On the last day of the exhibition “The Dark Side of Beauty” managing director Mr. Gerard de Klein announced which creation was chosen by the public to be purchased by the Museum.
Fifteen hundred visitors made their choices out of 66 pieces.

Sirène 120 x 200 cm Work on Plexiglass

The photographic piece “Sirene” gathered the most votes.
Museum Gouda will add it to their collection.It was an experiment. Usually the director decides what will be purchased after being advised by the conservator.
This time the visitors were invited to advise in writing. The question was: “Which creation fits the best in the museum Gouda collection”. More than 90% of the respondents though did advise in favour of a purchase, but the choices differed extremely. Each of the 66 works of art  appeared to be at least somebody’s favourite. During the exhibition sometimes steaming discussions developed concerning their opinions.

Preferred creations were : “Avondmaal” ( The Lord’s Supper) by Brigitta Sundström Jansdotter, “The Poor” by Henrique van Putten and “Life” by Marie Louise Elshout. Ultimately most of the respondents chose  “Sirene” by underwater photographer Dindi van der Hoek. In the catalogue of the exposition her photo pictures are being defined as: “fascinating, confusing”. The respondents especially speak highly of the composition, the mysterious atmosphere, the power of cross and woman and the perfect technique.

Like Robbert Roos said at the opening of the exhibition: “Dindi’s models are immersed in water. The women dissolve in the interspace where water and air touch each other. They live in their own zone, goddess in their own world. Their state of being is elusive.


Community leden
dindi. (NL), Birgitta Sundström Jansdotter (SWEDEN_NL), Ludmilla van der Spoel (NL), Henrique van Putten (NL), Vittorio Roerade (NL), Sanne Maes (NL), Riëlle Beekmans(NL), Kunstenaarsduo Van de Camp en Heesterbeek (NL), Rem van den Bosch (NL), Michel Vaerewijck (BELGIUM), Wietse Eeken (NL), Astrid van Rijn (NL), Wilma Kun (BRASIL_ITALY_NL), Joël Bonk (NL), Petra Werlich (NL), Lidy Jacobs (NL)

ARTNOMADEN is an art community consisting of a group of connected artists who joined forces to gain independency. This self-sustaining group offers their artists a platform to show their work off the beaten track, original and without commercial strategy.  

The initiative to collect this group of inspiring artists was instigated by the Dutch photographer dindi. and the Swedish painter Birgitta Sundström Jansdotter in 2018.

ARTNOMADEN creates inspiring exhibitions at unique locations. The art of the group is strongly related to each other, they all work figuratively, associatively and with a layered visual language. The images interact with each other and reinforce each other. The theme is diverse, on the one hand there is the fascination and the awe of Nature, where the darker side is revealed, on the other hand the artists investigate the human existence, ‘la condition humaine’. Meer info: www.artnomaden.com

*Members of the group fluctuate regularly. Former members are Marc Janssens (BE, Ceramics), Lobke Burgers (NL, MixedMedia), Marie Louise Elshout (NL, Paintings Drawings).