CHRISTIAAN DIEDERICKS (ZA)
Text written by GHA
Diedericks’ black and white Dry point-etchings show suggestive, figurative compositions clearly addressing the challenges of today’s society. The subjects depicted, mostly men, show all anger and revolt through their expressions and gestures.
The viewer is presented to a combination of highly detailed elements, intense shadows and strong expressivity, creating a strong sense of unease and the urgency growing hope of social awakening.
Contrasting elements, such as the anger of a man confronted with the lightness and purity of a butterfly born out of his scream underlines the sense of a lonely revolt.Other figures immersed in a decadent and toxic environment seek relief by breathing clean air from a cloud.
Diedericks’ works are a perceptible reference to the problems that plague contemporary society. His direct and dynamic portrayal of social criticism captivates the attention of his viewers.