I am fascinated by the psychological characteristics that can be ascribed to objects and architecture, and the nature of the interaction between people and their surroundings. The way we treat our objects and the spaces we inhabit reflects our inner selves.
I try to lay bare the processes by which mental interiors become another reality. In my work this reality is always very simple, an architectural experience, for instance, could be the curve of a sink, the shadow of a door, a book on a table or simply the flat surface of a tabletop. Before anything else, the relation between people and their environment is a sensory fact and an arranged space can also include another human being. A warm back can evoke memories of closed, intimate spaces, a wardrobe perhaps. The arranged space around one’s body becomes an architectural environment.
The discrepancy between personal identity and the desire to become an undifferentiated part of the surrounding world can be summarized by the question: “Can I be a table?”
In my drawings I deliberately ignore spatial reality and the physical resistance of objects. I use a lot of black, both ink and felt-tip, because black is actually nothing: absence rather than contour, neither foreground nor background; it is closest to being a hole. Some solutions seem architectural, the space in which the people are located is reflected in their bodies and vice versa. Objects and interiors can impose themselves on human bodies to create new forms: hybrids of humans and their surroundings.
Artist Bio / CV
2009 “de ideale vrouw” Noord Brabants museum,the Netherlands
2008 van Gijnmuseum, Dordrecht, Urban Explorers
2007/08 "Breekbare Ideeën" Centre Céramique Maastricht
2007 "Papieren Werkelijkheid" Vishal Haarlem
2006 "Tussen" artcenter Hengelo
2004 “Nabeelden”, stadsgalerij Heerlen
2004 ‘Toekenning 018” Dutch Funds for Visual Arts Amsterdam
2003 "I am a camera" MU de Witte Dame Eindhoven
2001 "Dutch designs for the euro" Royal kabinet Leiden
1998 "Kenteken" Veemvloer Amsterdam
1998 "Exploded View" Artis Den Bosch
1998 "Exploded View" BAk, Utrecht
1997 "What am I doing here" Hilton hotel Amsterdam, Chelsea Keulen, Hilton Praag.
1997 BAk, Utrecht
1995-'97 solo exhibitions, Singel 74, Amsterdam
1995 "Psychic Slumber" Gallery Smart, Amsterdam
1993 "HOTEL" Hotel des Pays Bas and gallery Casco Utrecht
1991 "The Hospital" W’139, Amsterdam
1990 "The Elements of Crime" Antwerp
1991 "Via Via" Cockie Snoei gallery, Rotterdam
1988 "Royal Subsidy for painting" Royal Palace in Amsterdam
1987 "Royal Subsidy for painting" first prize, Royal Palace Amsterdam
2008 Exis, film fest Seoul, Korea
2008 “Iniaf” China.
2008 't Hoogt, Amsterdam.
2008 Upssala intern. short film fest
2008 De Balie, Amsterdam Shorts festival
2008 Clermont Ferrand film fest, France
2007 NPS cultura, Dutch digital tv
2007 Doc. fest Kassel Internat Competition
2007 Oberhausen Filmfest, Germany intern competition.
Op zijn Kop:
2008 NIMK time based arts “Big art for small people”
2008 “2 Turven hoog” theaterfest. in Almere, the Netherlands
2007 Dutch TV KRO (GKVKM)
2007 Cinekidfest Amsterdam.
“The Agony of a Table and two people”
2008 VHDG Leeuwarden, and “Westwerk.org” in Hamburg, Germany.
2007 't Hoogt, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
2006 Kassel Doc fest. Germany, internat. competition
2006 Exis, Seoul, Korea, internat. competition
2006 NPS Cultura, Dutch digital tv
2006 Balchik film fest, Bulgaria, internat. competition.
2006 Oberhausen filmfest., Germany, internat. competition.