Diana Scherer

Diana Scherer | Biography | Art collection for sale
Worteltextiel van Diana Scherer - Mondriaan Fund
Sustainable Lace-Like Wall Tapestries & Textiles: Diana Scherer's "Hyper  Rhizome" @ Droog, Amsterdam - Irenebrination: Notes on Architecture, Art,  Fashion, Fashion Law & Technology

Diana Scherer is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. Her work encompasses botany, photography, textile and sculpture and explores the relationship of man versus his natural environment. Recently, her central focus has been on the dynamics of the root system, with its hidden underground processes. Her long term project Exercises in Root system Domestication started as an art project with an intuitive approach but has developed into an innovative material research project. Scherer has created a growth process that encourages roots to form around intricate templates she designs. ‘I make the hidden processes visible and use the dynamics of the plant root for the formation of my work’. Firstly, she digitally creates her pattern. The floral and architectural motifs are then 3D printed and placed into the soil, then oats are sown. The artist waters and nourishes the plants, and after three to four weeks, she unearths the roots from the soil and cuts off unwanted stems. During the cultivation process, the roots will follow their natural network and join underground, eventually growing into a unified piece. The roots are then dried and blended with others to construct textiles interwoven with the natural world. Whilst working on this project, Scherer shifted between the disciplines of art, design and science. To develop this work, she collaborated with biologists and engineers to test if it could be a viable new material. The new material Sherer is working on could be used as a sustainable textile for fashion, or in architecture, as an expressive insulation material. If the development of the root fabric works, it could be an effective, eco-friendly option, as it captures carbon, is biodegradable, requires no energy and is a by-product of the actual plant that the roots are growing. I think this would be a great way to prolong the life of a grown textile piece, like the cress samples we made, as once the plants on top die, you could turn the piece inside out and create a whole new look.

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