About me

As a child I often played with all kinds of materials to build temporary constructions. But when I “discovered” painting I thought I found my real interest. I wanted to learn how to paint as well as I could, so I studied techniques to master it myself. When I was nineteen I had my first exhibitions and I felt that my future was to be a painter.

In my late twenties the (side-) jobs in combination with painting took more time and for years making was on the back burner. So early in my forties I decided again to be a painter. I became a member of an artist collective, initiated and organized art events and started to explore other art disciplines. This really took off when I entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and started to work with all different kinds of materials.

During the years at the academy I realized that making sculptural installations is what challenge me most. And which subjects fascinate me to start making things. Now I know that I am not a painter or sculptor but a constructor of things, just like I started as a child.  

Education, residencies, grants and prizes: 
2019 Artist in residence, Sculpture Space, Utica, New York
         Post-graduate study of ceramics, EKWC, Oisterwijk
         Stichting Stokroos co-supported the project “Ceramic Constructables” at EKWC
2018 Support from Mondriaanfonds to participate at the Moengo Festival, Suriname 
         Grant from Mondriaanfonds for a residency at Tembe Art Studio, Suriname
2017 Grant from Mondriaanfonds for a residency at Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao
2016 Scholarship for project “Let's Celebrate Being Second” at Studio Tartuensis, Estonia
2015 Fellowship for working period at Da Wang, Shenzhen, China
2014 Artist in residence, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea
2012 3rd prize with Dugout at Moved Winds, Germany
         Incentive prize from inner-city project group, Amsterdam
2011 Miloslav Chlupáč Foundation Grant for Stone Sculpture Symposium, Salzburg
2008-2013 BA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Projects (selection): 
2019 Mimicking the hidden, Nakanojo Biennale, Japan
         A long set of open folding screens attempt to mimic the mountainous nature that is behind them.
2018 FoMO Moengo, Moengo Festival of Visual Arts, Suriname
         The collaborative work "FoMO Moengo" was created with Vera Visser for this festival. An expression of the impressions of what happens
         during the evenings in Moengo.
2017 Educational Projects with students from IBB, Curaçao
         Students made 'Machines that attribute values' . And storytelling about the fictitious 'fact' of a hype of the appearance everywhere of 'The                      Macamba on an Iguana'.
2016 Let's Celebrate Being Second, Tartu, Estonia (solo)
         Prototypes for monuments to be realized in Tartu, the second city of Estonia and therefor a never failing city. Being second is the best position              because you can do whatever you want. You don't have to uphold a status or defend a position. So you will never fail.
         Norway's First Small Talk Festival, Storhaug, Ålvik, Norway (solo)
         Centered around the Small Talk Starters Kit the local population shared their small talks, songs, bites, jokes and drinks.
2014 What happened between the walls, Fontrodona's Artspace, Amsterdam (duo)
         A project with Vera Visser. During two weeks we alternately reacted on each other's work. A booklet documenting every step was produced and          the final result was exhibited.
2011 Uncut - The Living Object, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
         About the relationship between man and object and the influence of material on the artist
         2055: Nieuw Vennep - New Babylon, Post NV, Nieuw Vennep
         A vision on the future of Nieuw Vennep (a small provincial town) in 2055. Can it be turned into a New Babylon?
2010 GLOW , Designhuis, Eindhoven
         Using light as medium to visualize Philipsdorp, a city-district that was built and designed for workers of Philips.
         The Pyramid of IJmuiden, Dokweg, IJmuiden
         At different locations works that respond to the theme “I hear a new world”.
         The Sound of Shadow , Basisbureau & Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
         16 silent movies were projected simultaneously on 13 different screens. An experiment to investigate if moving images, set in a special                         composition, can simulate sound.
2009 Cat litter bunkers, Amsterdam
         Honoring the liquidation of Het Kattenbak Collectief, 9 concrete cat toilets (cat litter bunkers) were made and placed at various art institutes.
2008 ASUAX– Amsterdam-Shanghai Unknown Artists eXchange, Amsterdam
         19 artists of Het Kattenbak Collectief pretended to be Chinese artists (including a Chinese name and a Chinese CV).
         The Wonder of Woerdes , Defensie eiland, Woerden
         How to make from a small town a pilgrimage site like Lourdes

Exhibitions (selection):
2019 Griffis Sculpture Park, New York (unveiling public art work)
         Big Art, De Hem, Zaandam
         Nakanojo Biennale, Sawada former Elementary School, Japan
         Test Case XVIII & XIX, EKWC, Oisterwijk
2018 CAMM II, Moengo, Suriname
         Move, Don't be a chicken, Move!, Moengo, Suriname (unveiling public art work)
2017 The Temporality is the value, IBB, Curaçao (solo)
         Big Art, De Zonnewijser, Amsterdam
         Dufus Tidious, Paleis van Mieris, Amsterdam
         A Temporary Farewell Show, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
2016 Ritme & Regelmaat, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
         Paradise Shift, Punt WG, Amsterdam
2015 Chinese Everywherism, Da Wang Culture Highland, China (solo)
            Sliced standing, standing sliced, Inkijk, Amsterdam (solo)
2014 Korean Success, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea (solo)
         Turns in Fine Art, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
         Schok, Klimduin, Schoorl
         Ecce Homo, Aterlierhaus, Aachen, Germany
2013 Connected in Difference, Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam
         Down the Rabbit Hole, Lichtfabriek, Haarlem
         Fort Abcoude, Abcoude
2012 Si.Si.Spex(2), Amsterdam
         Moved Winds, Wolfhagen, Germany
         Global Village, Sully, France
2011 Kiefersteinbruch, Fürstenbrunn, Austria
2010 Art Pie (with RC de Ruimte), Amsterdam
         RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden
         Accidental Harmony, Utrecht
2009 #2 Designed Nature in Frankendael park, Amsterdam
         Funen Art Gallery, Amsterdam (solo)
2008 Art Pie (with Het Kattenbak Collectief), Amsterdam
            Galerie De Valk, Harlingen
         Galerie Post, Hulst
2007 Galerie Vonkel, Den Haag
         Woerdstock, Woerden

Other activities:
2012/now  Outdoor wood sculpture projects with and for children
2016/2016 Guest artist for land art projects at UWC Nordic, Norway
2009/2011 Art education projects with juvenile convicts
2008/2009 Member of artist collective Het Kattenbak Collectief