Elvira Dik – Still life painting

I want to make paintings that stimulate the viewer’s curiosity, capture attention and hold on to it. Creating visually attractive works and, above all, saying more with them’. She finds inspiration in the everyday that surrounds us, such as food or materials, such as porcelain, glass or paper. It can also happen that I am visually touched by a certain object and then ‘have’ to paint it. A sign I inherited, for example, with nostalgic memories. Like a telescope, I zoom in on it and focus on size, image section, light reflection, shadow contrast and translucency,’ she says. In addition, I complement it with humour and story.

Her new work does not depict people, but as Elvira says: ‘They are palpably present, because I actually paint stories. For example, the post-it with ‘Eet lekker lieverd’, which means: ‘eat nice sweetheart’ of someone who hastily but lovingly lubricated the white sandwich with fruit hail is an addition that can interpret the underlying meaning in a different way. By integrating language, I can also add humour to my work. How wonderful that someone cares for you, but also doesn’t do too little for you. Fab four’ seems to be a feel good painting, but whether it really is can be guessed at.  She likes to put the viewer on the wrong foot. In the painting ‘Festen’, for example, an elegant cake server and a knife are placed in a random fashion in a cut cake, while the pink candles are flashed and crooked. In this way, the viewer is confronted with an event. Elvira explains that she was thinking of land grab and war while painting. The cake looks festive, but it is not really. The title can help to get a grip on the deeper meaning of this work. In the Danish film ‘Festen’ (1998), a festive family gathering turns into a drama after a secret is revealed.