In this text you could expect me to write about my identity. I can talk about my education as a goldsmith and my study at the Willem de Kooning Academy after which I continued further at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht. I was born in Lichtenvoorde, a village in the east of the Netherlands. But is this my identity? Now you know the basic data about me, but not who I am.
If I would show you a picture of me, you would know more about me. Because clothing and jewellery say something about who you are. When you see a particular piece of jewellery it speaks to you, it gives you information. But how does that work? How can a piece of jewellery talk about identity?
Look closer at my face, at my hair and skin. I have blonde hair and a Western European appearance. You don’t see any wrinkles yet, but sometimes a bit of acne. Now you could maybe tell my age and cultural background. But how can you read this from my face? Is it the skin that tells you this? Does your face also provide some basic information like jewellery does? How can a face talk about identity?
This is what my recent work is about. I want to ask questions about identity and show that identity is what makes us individual. Are our identities more similar than we assume? What is identity and how does it manifest itself?
To see my work in reality, I would like to invite you to Gallery Ra in Amsterdam.
Education / Training:
2013 – 2016 Jewellery Design
Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design
passed with distinction
2015 – 2016 Internship with Jasmin Matzakow (half year)
2011 – 2013 Associate Degree, Arts & Crafts
Willem de Kooning Academy
2008 – 2011 Goldsmithing level 4 accelerated
Nominations, exhibitions, projects and publications:
2017 GrisGris Exhibition at Coda Museum Apeldoorn (NL)
2017 Article Art Aurea (Autumn 2017)
2017 Designer in Recidence Pfortzheim
2017 40 Brooches for the Coda museum friends
2016 Awarded the Encouragement prize Thesis from Art Thesis Zuyd
2016 40 Years Gallery Ra Exhibition
2016 Nominated for Henriëtte Hustinx price 2016
2016 Marzee Graduation exhibition
2016 Graduation Exhibition,
at Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design
2016 Art Tour, Maastricht, at Residentie Maastricht
2014 Clasp for the new cloak of the Mary statue of
The Lady Church Maastricht, designed and made.
2013 Publication in the book; Dit is Meesterlijk
2013 Exposition; Meesterlijk
2013 Graduation Exhibition Willem de Kooning Academie
2012 Exposition Gallery Blaak 10
Rotterdam from 5 t/m 21 October 2012