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. “
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.
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.
During the formation of the ‘Inner Landscapes Series’ arose the opportunity to experiment beyond my working methodes of the past. I appear to become a model myself and started working in a self build water basin instead of the swimming pool I used over the years.
In my work I try to capture and depict an inner landscape in an outer form using portrait, body painting, water and liquids like milk and ink.
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.
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.”
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