I am an Amsterdam based artist who works with mainly moving and still images. I photograph people, places, and create video installations. My figurative work is often elusive, but it is never removed from a particular historical moment. It always belongs to and expands on the complexity of memory, time and location. My current work uses time-based images and found objects such as colourful wigs chosen for their intense saturation and vivid associations. I take what is familiar and make it strange and compelling through creating unexpected juxtapositions and collaging ideas from often very distinct sources. The titles I use often invite the viewer to think differently about what they are seeing, both in my work and beyond the image. I invite a gaze that is quietly unsettling, that alludes to the female body, but my work always remains suggestive and elusive.
Questions of ‘identity’ run throughout my work, a word which is always predicated on defining what we are not as a way of thinking through who we are. I see the artist as someone who is always making decisions that have strong cultural and social ramifications- whether this is explicit in the artwork or not. My focus is on inviting the viewer to imagine themselves in the place of the other. I explore the refusal of the gaze and disrupt familiar perceptions. I investigate how personal narratives connect with wider political and social debates and concerns.
I studied Photography at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam followed by an Audio Visual Arts degree at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. I have participated in several group exhibitions and screenings in The Netherlands and abroad including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Museum DE Pont, Tilburg (NL); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL); Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL); Museum Hilversum (NL); Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL); Reykjavik International Film Festival (IS); National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (IS); Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (CN); Manifesta, Amsterdam (NL).