I collect experiences, images, situations from daily life, translating them into form.
I took my ‘first steps in the arts’ as a jewelry design student at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax (1983-
At the Rietveld Academy under the supervision of Onno Boekhoudt, I began to look at things from a somewhat broader perspective, and started to experiment, which led me to finding/developing my own language and way.
When creating the work , I am relating to the human body as the ‘center’, emphasizing the mental, physical & movements, the space surrounding it, looking at restrictions that appear and taking them with me too. I am using them, incorporating them, taking them all into the construction, trying to define and ‘extend’ the body space.
Then all elements are playing, influencing, drawing one another into one unit .
The human, is both ‘viewer & participant’ at same time on the one hand he is the center (participant) of the ‘unit’; on the other hand, he is also the viewer, looking on events…
I do not look at the works as belonging to any ‘one’ specific category or direction in the arts: for me it is, in the end, more about the search than about anything else.
advice group for culture art, municipality of Castricum