“As an artist I am not interested in telling a story, nor in giving a complete overview. I aim at making people aware of the beautiful images around them.
I am fascinated by matter, the contrast between the skin of different surfaces and the process of erosion or deterioration. I use it in constructing rhythmic compositions and forms. My work is about harmony, balance and tranquility. My photographs show that I am a ceramist at heart” (from the artist statement of Ellen Spijkstra).
Ceramist and photographer Ellen Spijkstra (Netherlands, 1957) attended the Minerva Academy school for Fine Arts and Design in Groningen, the Netherlands. After moving to Curaçao in 1980 she started a ceramics studio, Studio Girouette.
From July 1985 till July 1986 Ellen attended the Rochester Institute of Technology as an ‘independent student’. At this institute she did several master courses like glass blowing, clay and glaze studies en kiln building.
In 1991 she finished a photography course at the New York Institute of Photography but before that she was already showing her photographs, and receiving prizes for them.
Ellen has been exhibiting solo as well as in groups and has represented Curaçao at the international art scene on numerous occasions.
At Studio Girouette she regularly invited international ceramic artists and organized workshops for her students.