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Photo by John Smits

Artist statement



Every human being bears an essence. It is the true human identity that makes every individual unique from one other. Vulnerability, as I perceive it, allows one to touch someone else's essence. People in the West seem to gradually lose their vulnerability. Modern society is becoming way too hectic for a frighteningly increasing number of people. Civilization is obsessed with making infinite progress. We are always longing for something that is different from what we are used to, and we see this tendency all around us.

Since my early youth, I have gained skills in photography, film directing, singing, acting, composing, painting and writing. I have always been interested in the variety of mediums and intertwining them with each other. For a while, I had wanted to work with long shots, after being inspired by the way Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky uses these in his films. I admire long takes in film because they somehow merge the mediums of film and painting. The attention is directed to the landscape and surroundings rather than the change of shots. December 2019, I shot The Translator in the Swiss-French mountains. The narrative of my short film was based on experiences of my early childhood. Unplanned, I had created an autobiographical film about my youth and nature in relation to how, at the moment, I make art.

In the upcoming years I hope to exhibit and present my work to a broader audience. Currently, I am working on The Translator of No-Man's-Land; a project that was inspired by The Translator and part of my graduation at the Maastricht Academy of Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts). Other inspirations of mine are artist Richard Long whose work literally sets stone in nature and seems to re-establish the relationship between man and nature, and Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich whose work seems nor to be about nature or mankind in particular but about the presence of both in the other meeting in the landscape. Both by reading but mainly through making, I want to research colour, light, darkness and landscape. Combined with wandering in the landscape, I hope to create a frame from which an artwork might drift. The stories of landscapes come to me as a voice. I call it the voice of nature. Nature is my escape from the modern world and flee into nostalgic dreams. Nature is my temple, speaking in its own language that one can listen to and unbuild.


Auto-biography


I was born in Zutphen, a little town on the east side of the Netherlands on 1 December 1999. Zutphen has been my home for most of my life. All the memories of my youth are rooted in this town; in the IJssel river on its side, in the stones of the medieval city streets and in the plenty number of towers all over the centre.

Nature Already at a young age, I was interested in different forms of art. I wrote stories and poems, photographed, filmed, painted, acted, sang and played the piano. Especially my mother who comes from a family of painters and writers encouraged me to develop my artistic talents. My father who is a more rational-minded but sensitive man passed his love for nature and perseverance onto me. While we were abroad, in nature, my father would hand me his camera and I would film and photograph the abandoned landscapes, mountains, streetlights in the darkness, and made closeups of bees and flowers that came on our path.

Acting As I became more interested about movement and performance, I joined a youth theatre where I learned about improvisation, body awareness and how to use my voice. I absolutely loved it and was eager to learn. I showed potential and soon they asked me to join the advanced level. We worked towards professional productions and in those six years of training, I learned plenty about myself on stage and directing my, sometimes explosive, energy. Later, I gained some experience in acting and was casted for a role at Dutch leading theatre company Toneelgroep Oostpool and was directed by Marcus Azzini.


Painting
I made some spray-paints and worked with acryl and charcoal on large canvases. An older befriended artist offered me his atelier to work in and taught me about composition and how I could build up dynamic images. Also, my grandfather took me out for painting. I developed an abstract style with figurative details that can be interpreted as details in landscapes. I was intrigued by trees like the oak tree and the weeping willow. I observed their shapes closely and implemented them in my work. Sometimes I did so very physically like in a series of nightly spray-paints in blue and black. I collected leaves and branches and sprayed them over.


Film and photography
Without formal training I developed a number of skills: from operating a camera to film editing and web building. During high school, my friends and I shot a couple of short films that were nominated for several international youth film festivals including Festival Plasencia Encorto in Spain and Nationaal Film Festival Scholieren in the Netherlands.

Art school It seemed obvious to continue my family's artistic thread and I was determined to enrol in a drama school. I did a pre- bachelor’s programme at ArtEZ University of the Arts and auditioned at academies both in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. After being rejected for every single programme, I began to doubt my artistic capacities and applied both for medical and journalistic studies. Just in time, I found Maastricht Academy of Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts).



Education
- 2018-2021 BA Maastricht Academy of Interdisciplinary Arts (NL)

Trainings
- 2018-present Toneelacademie Maastricht (NL), vocal and instrumental coaching by P. Weltens
- 2018-2020 Aikido Maastricht (NL), aikido by R. Vincken
- 2018 Maastricht University (NL), training in simulative acting for BA and MA psychology
- 2017-2018 ArtEZ University of the Arts & Toneelgroep Oostpool, Arnhem (NL), acting course
- 2010-2016 Jeugdtheater Zjuust, Zutphen (NL), fundamentals in improvisation, acting and singing on stage 

Acting
- 2017 Toneelgroep Oostpool, Arnhem (NL), 'Brood & Spektakel', directed by Timomthy de Gilde and Marcus Azzini

Music production
- 2019 ADE Company, Lanaken (BE), Composed dance music for ‘Unfold’, premiere at Kumulus (dependence Theater aan ‘t Vrijthof), directed Yvette van der Slik

Awards
- 2017 Nomination Festival Plasencia Encorto (ES)
- 2016 3rd price NFFS, Lelystad (NL)
- 2015 Nomination Festival Plasencia Encorto (ES)

Exhibitions
- 2019 Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (BE)
- 2019 The Be, Maastricht (NL)
- 2018 Ainsi, Maastricht (NL)