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Ellen Spijkstra

Ellen Spijkstra
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Like every other artist it is time that inspires Ellen Spijkstra. With things that cease to exist, with material that is battered, with decay. It is as if she is looking for the preceding. When she was photographing the houses and walls of Otrobanda, she looked from underneath one layer of plaster to another and from underneath the plaster layers to the core stones. It is possible that Spkijstra's obstinate search is because she lost her roots. She left her home country while still young, living in the tropics for so many years. Dutch, Antillean, Holland, Curacao, what is it exactly? From the present she travels back to the source, to the stone, to the deepest layer of steel. As if she asks herself what started it all...' Jan Brokken, author (speech at opening photo exhibition 'Waterwerken', Dutch Maritime Museum, Amsterdam, 2004)