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In the more than 25 years that I have been active as a visual artist, my work has developed from jewellery and wearable accessories to sculptural, theatrical objects. At the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (School of the Arts) in Utrecht, I completed a 3-D design course, with a specialisation in jewellery. Previously, I completed the technical course for goldsmithing. These different fields of study gave direction to my artistic practice.
The human body, which was initially primarily a ‘medium’ for my work, has gradually become an integral part of it. In this development I examine the body as a form, as a medium for meaning, and as a spatial object with the skin as a permeable boundary.
The concept of boundary plays an important role in my work.
While I am working, I am fascinated by the transformation from raw material to sculpture. I hammer, bend, hook and wrap steel, aluminum, brass or copper wire in such a way that transparent volumes are created. Wire skins enclose air and make space visible.
The space which is defined by delimitation or connection, I think of as ‘between space’ or an emptiness full of promise. This is because its meaning has not (yet) been fulfilled, but it stimulates imagination.
After all, space remains spurious without a framework. Permeably wrapped, woven or crocheted boundaries allow space to become ambiguous. Because what exactly does a boundary make? What does it actually separate? And under what conditions does a boundary transform into a connection, a dialogue, a contact?
Museé des beaux-art in Montréal
Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen
De Zwolsche Algemeene,
T.C. Designcentre in Schiedam
Collectors and private individuals at home
2003 Project subsidyMondriaanfonds
2002 Grant of basic stipend FBKVB