Born on 20/09/1970 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), I am a resident in Catalonia (Spain) since 2004.
Based on my training as a painter and photographer, I have been participating in exhibitions since 1995 and I now mainly work on layered photographic collages.
At the age of 13, I followed my father’s love for photography and started experimenting and developing my photographic imagination and skills.
In 1995 I graduated at Painting and Photography at the AKI Fine Arts Academy and in 1997 I became a Master of Fine Arts at the Post-academy Sandberg Institute in The Netherlands.
In 1998 I was a Master in research at the Melbourne University in Australia. Since then I have done several courses to expand my knowledge and craft.
Image culture exists somewhere between fact and fiction. As easy as it is to manipulate virtually any aspect of an image, I never alter my analog optical illusions with digital editing.
I keep my eyes busy and collect and make photographs every day. Lately, I have added to this collection ‘objets trouvés’ (natural or discarded objects found by chance) and objects that have been passed on for generations in my family.
I bring these photographs and objects with me during long walks and with nature as my backdrop, I play with the flat images that I cut out, tear apart and reassemble, I then add the bulky objects to these collages and photograph them, before disassembling the assemblages.
This allows me to create imagined realities and impossible sculptures only visible through the camera’s eye.
Automatism drives my work, as I incorporate spontaneous associations and coincidence, and welcome alienating outcomes. Disorientation and confusion help me to blur the boundaries between reality and fiction. I aim to make the spectator question what they see.
I crave to connect with people on a deeper level and help to bring awareness about current social issues like loneliness among young people, the refugee, climate and equality crisis.
For museums, art festivals and cultural centres I create workshops, photocalls and artistic projectes where people who are invited by me can interact and express themselves. Often these happenings are linked to social events and help to bring awareness about current social issues.
Based on didactic trainings for artists, since 1999 I have worked as an art educator for several schools and museums in The Netherlands and in Catalonia, where I have designed educational projects and carry out guided tours and artistic workshops so that children and young people can learn through art and culture about social issues.
My recent training includes Visible Thinking Skills and Social innovation maker principles and I volunteer as an art educator at a center for minors who have migrated on their own.