1989, The NetherlandsGraduated in Fine Art in 2016
In 2013 I graduated at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (Bachelor Lifestyle Design).
I was trained to focus on concepts and trends, but in the end of the third year I realized it did not give me satisfaction to make things with the ideas of others. I wanted to be a visual artist in my own right. Therefore I graduated with an autonomous project about the beauty of everyday unnoticed objects which got a Drempelprijs nomination. During my graduation show a lot of people were interested in exhibiting my work. From that time on I had several exhibitions including; C&H Artspace, Showroom MAMA, Kadmium Delft and publications at Volkskrant Magazine, Glamcult and NEW Dutch Photography.
After graduation I decided to work for free for a while to help autonomous artists and photographers. It helped me enormously to see how they worked and approached projects, galleries and clients. During that period I continuously worked on further developing myself, but I came to the conclusion that I was looking for extra depth in my work and that I cannot accomplish that all by myself. A Master program like this can give me more guidance in art, to explore my fascinations and grow theoretically and conceptually.
Everyday objects painted in colors like bright yellow, deep green and baby blue seem to have strange shapes. Detached from their original function they have become sculptures, which can be admired for their colour, shape and material. Vacuum cleaners, cardboard coffee cups, or gasoline jerrycans remain recognizable, but I dispose of their original function and show that they can be repaired endlessly.
My fascination for everyday objects originated from my compassion for them as they are often quickly disposed and replaced. My work is generally a search of transforming these objects. I create the illusion that my work is painted or drawn, while in reality they are large three- dimensional sculptures, which I isolate in a two-dimensional work. I use a lot of colour to trigger primary emotions, and give the viewer a sense of alienation by arranging the shapes in an unexpected form. In the last couple of months my work has become more abstract. I have started to read more about the theory of composition and colour, and was wondering if an object was still necessary in an image. The possibility to create three-dimensional colour arrangements fascinates me. Can colour or composition become an object? Another goal is to improve my three-dimensional work as well. The isolation and transformation of objects in my images work so well precisely because they are two dimensional and therefore abstract. Can I accomplish the same effect in three-dimensional work?