Putting in some final details before it’s time to varnish these pieces and send them to Philly (aka the most nerve-racking part 👀).
Oof, time flies! In less than two months my new show “Passengers” opens at Arch Enemy Arts. At this stage I’m equally scared and excited to share my work with you, but the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I feel for the fact that I’m actually able to create these pieces makes it a lot easier. So here’s a sneak peek. // Thank you for being here to join me on this crazy adventure. It means a lot 🙏🏻 #aeajuly18
I just realized I haven’t posted the full version of this piece. So here it is, together with some videos that show details that I wasn’t able to capture in the photos 😶 “Bearer of light” is currently on view at @archenemyarts . Visit their website for more info on this baby and a bunch of other amazing works in this show that are also still available for adoption 💕
“Ho’ olaule’ a (: a celebration)” opened last Friday at @cactusgallery . This show celebrates a wonderful selection of animals that unfortunately find themselves on the endangered species list. Seeing the great amount of creatures that are on the list, and that need all the attention out there but for some reason remain muted within the public domain, inspired me to create this piece called “Silence”. For more info, please check out #cactusgalleryla’s website. Thank you @cactusgallery @jonchingart for inviting me to be a part of this show and for allowing me to create this piece 🙏🏻.
✂️Crop crop ✂️ I was privileged enough to create this piece for the Periodic Table of Elements-group show at Arch Enemy Arts that opens tomorrow! “Bearer of light” is inspired by the element phosphorus. Request a preview to see all the wonderful pieces of art that are featured in this show, or stop by at the gallery tomorrow evening for the opening of an AMAZING selection of shows. (Oh how I wish I could be there 😍) ✨#archenemyarts
For the past four days I have been working at my old high school again, together with an amazing group of talented students. Together we transformed one of the classical languages-rooms into a menagerie of mythological creatures, set in a decor inspired by some amazing - and very famous- pieces of art derived from both Roman and Greek culture. It’s always an honor to work on these projects, so thanks #stedelijkgymnasiumnijmegen for having me. And a big shout out to all the students who made this week the fun and inspiring week it turned out to be 🙏🏻 ✨
I just realized that today is Friday the 13th, which means it’s international pet-a-black-cat day, right? Fun fact: it also means that my upcoming solo show at Arch Enemy Arts is opening 3 months from now, on this year’s 2nd Friday the 13th. Wish me luck, haha 👍🏻🙈. #wip #archenemyarts #hummingbirdinprogress
These little post-it sized commissioned paintings have been sent to their new home ✨. Tiny paintings ask for tiny birds and tiny collars.
I’m feeling like the luckiest (Easter)bunny in the world right now. I won this beautiful card set published and gifted to me by @leeuwenhart.amsterdam . Chris Berens is my absolute favorite artist, and there’s nothing I’d rather do than to get lost in the worlds he creates. So needless to say, I’m thrilled and immensely grateful to have been given these cards and cherish the wonder and amazement that they hold 🙏🏻💗.
Today I had the pleasure of handing this little guy over to its new owner❤️🙏🏻.(“Camouflage”, acrylic on cradled panel, 10x10cm / 3.9x3.9”)
Arch Enemy Arts is having a 10% off inventory sale until February 28 (and 15% off bundle purchases containing 2 or more pieces). Visit their website to see all the incredible artworks that are still available. (Featured here are two pieces by me and a couple of pieces from the Winter ‘17 group show that I’d LOVE to adopt myself. I mean, look at them! 😍).
Facebook just reminded me of “how it all began” (damn that sounds dramatic). Three years ago, oof! 🙏🏻 // I always liked to draw and paint but never took it seriously and never allowed myself to spend enough time on a piece to make it “good enough”. It was just something fun to do when I wasn’t caught up in my studies (which I loved, by the way). After I graduated in 2014, I planned a 3 month US trip (basically until they kicked me out), that started in Philadelphia. I was told to check out this gallery called Arch Enemy Arts, and boy I’m glad I did. Never had I seen such a place that brought together so many original, intriguing and inspiring pieces of art (ok, we have a good selection of museums over here but you know what I mean haha). When I returned home I began looking for jobs that would answer the good old question of “so what can you do with a MA in cultural / visual anthropology?” The search wasn’t that successful, but I did stumble upon this open call for submissions at Arch Enemy Arts. Since I wasn’t good at sitting at home waiting for a job application to go through, I figured I’d give this art endeavor a try. That’s when I began working on this piece. It took me weeks, and eventually months to get this piece to a point where I was happy with it. Of course I missed the submission deadline, but that was all good. I got to experience what art could do, this time not from an analytical point of view (art and anthropology) but from the maker’s point of view (although the two are inevitably intertwined). It was the greatest gift I could get. From that day on I decided I’d dedicate all my time to this art adventure and see when it would lead me. And so far, it’s been pretty damn amazing and I’m immensely grateful for everything I’ve been able to experience and create, and for all the support I’ve been given that allows me to do so. 🙏🏻 #dewonderenzijndewereldnognietuit