My artistic practice is a cross-over between art, landscape, archaeology and ecology. My projects are always site-specific and informed by both the place and its inhabitants. I work self-directed and on demand of organisations in the field of art, culture, urbanism and landscape. In all cases, I take an independent and activist position regarding spatial planning processes. In these economic and political driven forcefields, I wish to create room for alternative knowledge, chance and ideas, that are not designed from a distance but which come from the inside of a site and its people.
I feel attracted to sites that are in transition and where visible and unvisible layers of time are intertwined. Urban, rural and industrial landscapes offer these sites. Here, I zoom in into the human scale, such as a road, a field, objects and structures. On official maps, the sites I go to are often visualized as an empty area, if they are on the map at all, but when I find myself there I discover that the place is not at all empty. However abandoned, the sites are full of traces of human presence and stories, that together make the real narrative of the site more exciting than any fictional story. This is why I work with what I find and instead of adding new objects, I tend to remove or hide existing elements of the site.
My focus is on artistic research, in situ interventions, participation/ education and drawing. My specialty is exploring and observing places and spaces that are deserted, forgotten, or silent and empty for other reasons. My stay and on-site exploration are essential activities to investigate a place from within. In response to what I observe on site, I develop my own research methods for each location, in which I combine media and techniques, such as sound recordings, cartography, archive research, drawing, archeology and photography. The research reveals unknown narratives and unseen spatial characteristiscs, which generate new meanings of a site. The outcomes of the research can be reflected in a master plan, a design concept, a visual atlas or other forms of publication and presentation.
I was educated at Wageningen University and at ArtEZ Fine Art Arnhem before starting my practice in 2006. In the early years I showed my work mostly in galleries and musea. It was included in exhibitions nationally and internationally in (a.o.) Prix de Rome / De Appel, Amsterdam, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Museum Arnhem, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Museum of modern and contemporary art, Rijeka, State Museum of the history of St. Petersburg, Plan D Düsseldorf, Art on Paper Amsterdam. In most recent years my practice shifted from the white-cube to site-specific work in public space, which leaded to collaborations with clients as Het Instituut, Amsterdam; many local and regional governments, Kunstenlab, Port of Rotterdam, Wageningen University, Cultuurmij Oost, Stichting Verborgen Landschap, Twijnstra & Gudde, CBK Zeeland and AMC Utrecht. Beside my projects I am an experienced academic art teacher and artistic leader of projects in artist initiatives and in public space. My full resume is available at request.
Coming soon here is a PDF with information in English on a selection of my projects. If you have any questions about my practice or about a specific project, feel free to send me an e-mail.