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Artist Statement 

My work draws upon historical and cultural research, focusing on Eastern philosophies. I intervene in landscapes and cityscapes, using (artificial) nature as a ‘stage’ to construct a contemporary story. An interplay between imagination and reality emerges, often composed of self-made artefacts, ready-made objects and human characters. These tableaux are staged as performances and captured in photography and film.

Sen no Rikyu (Zen- and Tea Master 1522–1591) teaches that wild flowers growing in nature are truly beautiful and precious, but that the flowers for Tea are meaningful only when their individual beauty is successfully captured and expressed in an arrangement. As in Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), I create detailed staged scenes in which people, objects and their surroundings are carefully balanced and arranged.

Curriculum Vitae 



2017 M.Ed. Master Education in ArtsPiet Zwart Institute Rotterdam NL

2001 B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) NL


2017 Akiyoshidai International Art Village JP
2013 Gyeonggi Creation Center KR
2009 Djerassi Resident Artists Program USA
2008 Tokyo Wonder Site JP
2005 Van Doesburghuis Meudon FR

Grants & Crowdfunding

2014 Winner Crowdfunding Pitch – De Donkere Kamer Rotterdam #02 NL
2013 Self-initiated Crowdfunding NL
2013 Stimulationfund providing interest freeloans for artists – Fonds Kwadraat NL
2011 O & O subsidie (Research and Development Grant) – CBK Centre for Visual Art Rotterdam NL

2008 Contribution to working budget – Mondriaanfonds NL
2005 Startstipendium – Mondriaanfonds NL



Fotosommer Stuttgart DE – Nomination Awardshow
Top 20 SCREENing Awards DE – Nomination
Bouw in Beeldprijs NL – Nomination
Dutch Doc Award NL – Longlisted
The Johanna and Tom Baruch Honorary Fellowship Award USA
Viewbook PhotoStory NL – 2nd Jury Prize Conceptual Photography
50th Annual Photography Exhibition Communication Arts USA  – Award of Excellence
IPA International Photography Awards USA – Honorable Mention 
Hyeres International Photography Competition FR –  Longlisted

Solo & Duo Exhibitions

2018 Mokkapot Antwerp BE 
2017 De Vensterbank Amersfoort NL
2014 Mokkapot Antwerp BE 
2012 ACF Amsterdam Centre for Photography NL –  Semblance  

2010 CBK Centre for Visual Art Rotterdam NL – Short & Sweet

2009 La Galerie la Ferronnerie Paris FR – Simulacre, La Galerie la Ferronnerie a 20 ans (9)

2006 Museum im Residenzschloss Darmstad DE – Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie

2003 Galerie Haags The Hague NL – Dutch Dialogue #1


Leaseplan Nederland NL
Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam NL
Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam NL
Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort NL
Korn Ferry International Amsterdam NL
Private Collections NL, FR, KR

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