1974, The Netherlands
“Nature, more than anything else, confronts me with the question of what is invisibly present behind all that is alive”.
To this end he brings together contrasting materials, the solid, in the form of petrified wood, old tree trunks, stone, steel and the transparent; plexiglass, which enables Storms to “sculpt with light”. He does this inside an old factory, now his studio, using techniques such as milling and chafing to carve his creations, sometimes even utilizing fine dental instruments. The transparancy the plexiglass offers, acts as a literal spyhole on that which could also be a suggestion of another hushed reality. In this, light plays an important role. The different shades of light intensity of the plexiglass give a continuously changing view of the visible image. In a way it exposes something of the essence behind it.
Diederik Storms was born and raised in The Hague. At a young age, he knew he had to be a sculptor. In 1997, Diederik graduated from the Art Academy in Enschede (Aki). By the year 2000, he had settled in the village of Bellingwolde in the North of the Netherlands. In addition to sculpting, Diederik opened an art gallery with a large art garden. He also worked for several years as a supervisor at an art studio for people with intellectual disabilities. In 2017, Diederik moved to Noordwolde, near the city of Groningen.Diederik’s inner drive and passion to create things have always prevailed over doing anything else. In 2006, he made the decision to focus solely on making art. His work is regularly showcased in national and international exhibitions and galleries.