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Visual artist, writer, and amateur moth breeder based in Amsterdam, NL. Sculpture tutor and a research fellow at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2021-2023.

Pre-modern notions considered electricity as sacred phenomenon that houses a sort of spirit, which animates matter. For the past few years my artistic research evolved around historic and futuristic concepts of electricity as a speculative agent of life. Combining natural and industrial processes, through the binding force of their energy, my work addresses a fundamental dynamic underlying materials and organisms. Through sculptures, installations, video and text I seek to channel a close understanding of electricity by drawing a direct relation to its source. In long-term collaboration with scientists, engineers, government employees and musicians I propose a conscious understanding of electric energy as a statement of interconnectedness and entanglement—between species, media and nature, matter and energy. Navigating through this era of environmental fragility, my statement lies in a deep notion of intimacy. Witnessing the profound energetic relation between our environment and ourselves we cannot help but experience profound empathy and concern.

My studies include a brief period at the Design Academy Eindhoven, and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, NL. Eversince, I have been educated through practice, collaboration and artist-in-residency programs including: Delfina Foundation London, UK; Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, NL; Fondazione Antonio Ratti, IT; Alps Art Academy, CH and Studio Galeria FKSE, HU. Previous teaching positions include the Academy for Architecture and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL.

Work of mine is included in international collections among which:
MoMA Library, New York (US), Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris (FR), Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam (NL), Columbia University Library, New York (US), Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, New York (US), Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag (NL), Getty Reasearch Centre, Los Angeles (US), New York Public Library (US), The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla (US). 

My artistic practice has been generously supported by Stroom, Creative Industries Fund NL, the Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos.

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