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This website is an online portfolio, the main focus of which is the presentation of a selection of my photographic work. I occasionally publish new images, but only if I consider them suitable for this online format. Next to the portfolio, I also made a section with projects. I always had doubts whether I should make my work available online, since online presentation has many disadvantages. First and foremost when it comes to the experience of the work. How do you control this experience and maintain quality over the physical dimensions of seeing? I try here to exert some control on this experience by creating a digital presentation template. The template holds the original work, maintains its intricate quality, though presented in a slightly different way...

Titles_ Some of the titles (or descriptions) I use are either directly taken from, or based on accounts I encountered in novels, articles, songs or other narrative types. As such, these titles are all examples of ekphrasis; paintings that are about books, books that are about paintings, even songs that are about books, paintings or films. In fact, given the right circumstances, any art may describe any other art, especially if a rhetorical element is present. Over the past five of six years I have collected such ekphrasis. Words or sentences that are somehow relevant for the worlds I’m building, inspired either by their colours, the behaviour of chemicals or other physical phenomena, or by the associations that are conjured by the structures and shapes. The choices made for many of these titles come from a deep and sometimes strange association I could not explain, but sometimes the titles are very distinct and direct in their reference. In which case I provide a brief explanation.
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Technology_ For over two decades, I developed and refined an image making procedure that combines photography, optics, light and chemistry. A visual technology that explores detailed visuals found in tiny configurations of liquid compounds. Over time, by observing and studying these complex behaviours, I am able to carefully control the outcome. These so called ‘configurations’ often appear to be found or collected, being (part of) an ancient artifact or relic or sometimes resembling the natural structure of organic materials. They are in fact, entirely hand-made, conceived and constructed in the studio using analogue imaging techniques.

Scale_ From the microscopic, or cellular scale, to the macro- or cosmic, each series of works that comes out of this image making procedure manifests itself on different scales, oscillating between often paradoxical perspectives. Looking at the work, the viewer hovers either an inch, or a few hundred feet above the subject, continually moving through various scales and thus a multitude of narratives. This particular notion of scale, or loss of scale, is a fundamental component you’ll find in my work. A process of unmaking, where associations are disconnected, relayed and re-connected, being both curiously familiar and strangely remote.
biography
Live_ Next to the production of photographic work, I created several performances and theatrical installations between 2005 and 2014. Sometimes in collaboration with choreographers, actors or musicians. My work in this field is informed by an interdisciplinary approach towards the stage; a performance practice where scenography, technology, movement and light merge. These performances and installations were showcased in a variety of venues in the Netherlands, including; WORM in Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Paradiso, Het Veem and Frascati in Amsterdam, Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven, De NWE Vorst in Tilburg and Theater aan het Spui/ZAAL3 in Den Haag. International venues include The Greenroom in Manchester (UK), the Salone di Mobile, Milan (IT) and CTM in Berlin (DE). More info on these works can be found on the projects pages.

Teaching_ I contributed to the ArtScience program from 2008 to 2021. As a member of the interfaculty I organized several site-specific projects, various courses and initiated the STAGELab platform; A laboratory for experiments in the field of performance arts. The ArtScience program has an inter-disciplinary focus that intersects the existing fields of music, visual and performative arts, media art, humanities and the natural sciences.

Studies_ I hold a BA in fine Arts from the Interfaculty Image & Sound, currently known as ArtScience, from the The Hague Academy and Conservatory. I also earned a minor in narrative techniques and style-procedures in film and literature, from the faculty of Film and Literary studies at Leiden University in 2004.



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