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I am captured by the intangible and immaterial. A mystical experience; when I am outside I feel one with nature. This experience is the inspiration for my work.

Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe. (Les Murray)

Mysticism is not only about a sense of unity, but also about a meaning that shows silence, space and nature. A deeper layer of visible reality; everyday things can be seen with different eyes. An image can connect the invisible with the visible, the moment with infinity.

For ten years now, I focus on drawing and work on paper: charcoal, ink, crayon and other, all black and white. In my drawings in ink on paper I use brushes of natural materials, like grasses and plants, to make organic structures. I’m balancing between letting the image grow by accident and controlling the way it will become. In recent works I use old drawings to make new works of art. Collages and small sculptures; upcycling unfinished works, using a collection of years that was just waiting in a drawer. The time put into these works not wasted, but invested into something new, creating extra condensed and intense collages.

The structures of the old drawings are like ready-made colors and lines in my own handwriting. The old drawings are glued together and cut off again, making layers visible, like layers of an excavated mound or quarry; the deeper layers, physical, but in the work also immaterial and symbolic. The layers show time; the accumulation of times, reuse of drawings, even my own history as an artist is compressed in them. Time is a space, just like the landscape.

grants

collections

Royal Library, Den Haag

education

Academy of Visual Arts Minerva, Groningen
Art Therapy, Stenden, Leeuwarden

expositions

2023
Monnikenwerk/Graceland Festival, installation
Like Art live, Suikerbrij Festival, Groningen
The Collager, Galerie Noord, Groningen, catalogue
De Ploeg across the border, Kunstzentrum Coldam 

2022
Gallery Alta Bosca, Gorredijk
DagDelen, (DayParts), interactive art project
DagDelen, solo exhibition, Ter Apel Monastery
Graphic scores and soundscapes, Ter Apel Monastery (videos)
Open Stal, art route, Oldeberkoop
Like Art Event, interactive art project, Groningen www.likeart.nl
World chapel, interactive art project/performance, Graceland Festival, Zeewolde
Feest van de Geest, art route in medieval churches
Mural, commissioned work in Leeuwarden
Kunsthof Gallery, Appingedam

2021
CODA Paper Art 2021, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (video)
Monnikenwerk, working on location in medieval church (www.monnikenwerk.nu)
Art project DagDelen on different locations
Solo exhibition DagDelen, Andreas church Westeremden
Connections, group exhibition, Museum Helmantel, Westeremden
Madness, artists collective 6mperuur10mdiep, Gallery Hoogenbosch, Gorredijk

2020
Pop-up gallery, Groningen
Monnikenwerk, working on location in medieval church, www.monnikenwerk.nu
Traces residency and group exhibition, artists collective 6mperuur10mdiep, Museum Oude Wolden, Bellingwolde

2019
Zomerexpo, Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle/Heino www.zomerexpo.nl
Monnikenwerk, work on site in medieval churches in Groningen, artevent with 10 artists in 9 churches
Buitenmodel: propositions for landscape, residency and exposition with artist collective 6kmperuur10mdiep, Art Centre Emmen
Groningen kunstenaarsparadijs? Museum Wierdenland, Ezinge

2018
Letter tot leven, theme exposition, Wilhelminakerk, Dordrecht
Ploeg 100 jaar, Gallery Pictura, Groningen.
Exposition group, Gallery Forma Aktua, Groningen
En plein air, hikingtrail and exposition, Museum Wierdenland Ezinge
Drawing installation, medieval church Tjamsweer, part of art route

2017
Tekenkabinet, contemporary drawing, Amsterdam www.tekenkabinet.nl
Installation/performance ‘No one LIKE you’, artist collective Sound of Silence, performing arts festival Noorderzon, Groningen.
Huntenkunst, Artfair, Ulft www.huntenkunst.org
De Ploeg anniversary exposition, Veenkoloniaal Museum Veendam

2016
Wintersalon, Gallery Pictura, Groningen
Installation ‘Immaterial business’, artist collectieve Sound of Silence, performing arts festival Noorderzon, Groningen
De Ploeg on paper, Ploeg exposition, Veenkoloniaal Museum, Veendam
Spatial installation, Vries, artroute Feest van de Geest
Art and Monuments route, county of Loppersum

2015
‘Woester’ salon des refusés Zomerexpo, Art Centre Groningen
Open Stal, art route, Oldeberkoop
Installation ‘Pause’, artist collective Sound of Silence, performing arts festival Noorderzon, Groningen.
Huntenkunst, Art fair, Ulft
Exposition ’Look inward’, Gallery Pictura Groningen
Exposition ’Look inward’, Gallery Pulchri, Den Haag

2014
Installation ‘Sound of Silence’, artist collective Sound of Silence, Groningen
Panorama Groningen, Ploeg exposition, Kunstkring Den Haag, Den Haag