Diana Scherer

Biography

Diana Scherer is fascinated by the underground life of plants. The subterranean root system of a plant acts as a type of brain; it navigates and knows what surrounds it by perceiving gravity, moisture and chemicals. The artist first began to apply this "intelligence" of plants in her work in 2015. She wanted to make these hidden processes visible, for them to be appreciated by a wider audience. In collaboration with biologists, Scherer developed a technique to control the growth of plant roots, turning them into an artificial textile. Scherer comments that: “I approach the root system as if it were yarn. For example, the refined, white root structure of grass reminds me of silk and the powerful, yellowish strands of the daisy I compare to wool.”
 
Diana Scherer has exhibited in international solo and group shows, including in Fashioned from Nature, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2018/19); A Queen Within – Adorned Archetypes; New Orleans Museum of Art (2018); Earth Matters, Textile Museum Tilburg, Netherlands (2017); Spectrum Crops, Mediamatic Amsterdam, (2017); Springtide, Photography Museum Rotterdam, Netherlands (2017). She published has two books at Van Zoetendaal Publishers; Nurture Studies 2012 and Mädchen 2015. Her work Interwoven has been critically acclaimed and has won the New Material Award at the Dutch Design Week (2016). Her work has also been exhibited at the DHUB Design Museum in Barcelona, Spain and Museum Jan Cunen in Oss, Netherlands.

Works
  • Diana Scherer, Bound #4, 2021
    Diana Scherer
    Bound #4, 2021
    Grown textile roots system
    Framed approx. 50 H x 40 W x 10 D cm
  • Diana Scherer, Bound #1, 2021
    Diana Scherer
    Bound #1, 2021
    Grown textile roots system
    Framed approx. 50 H x 40 W x 10 D cm
  • Diana Scherer, Bound #2, 2021
    Diana Scherer
    Bound #2, 2021
    Grown textile roots system
    Framed approx. 50 H x 40 W x 10 D cm
  • Diana Scherer, Bound #3, 2021
    Diana Scherer
    Bound #3, 2021
    Grown textile roots system
    Framed approx. 50 H x 40 W x 10 D cm
  • Diana Scherer, Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication I, 2020
    Diana Scherer
    Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication I, 2020
    Grown textile roots system
    230 H x 65 W cm
  • Diana Scherer, Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication II, 2020
    Diana Scherer
    Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication II, 2020
    Grown textile from plant roots
    75 H x 55 W cm
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