The Covid-19 lockdown was a struggle for many. People were limited to their homes and often had to cook with the ingredients that were available in the kitchen cabinets. Fear of the virus created a challenge in the kitchen and in life at home. But every challenge also has a positive side.
I found myself battling with feelings of depression during the lockdown. My bed was a favoured spot and food turned out to be a comfort in more ways than one. Although it did not always meet my ‘’huidhonger” (a Dutch word that emerged during the lockdown, describing a new phenomenon: the hunger of human contact), the warmth of my bed occasionally helped me cope with the lack of physical contact outside my immediate family. Preparing and consuming food helped me to fill my agenda in a time when outside activities were minimised.
Being deprived of access to my studio, I decided to turn my kitchen at home into a workspace. I started experimenting with creating textures resembling textile with only edible ingredients and tools available in het kitchen. I photographed the textures to depict the sheets on my bed during the lockdown period from March until June 2020.
After the summer of 2020, in which we enjoyed a relaxation of the pandemic measures, I feel an anxiety for a similar lockdown surfacing. Will reality adjust itself again?
I have a fascination for the sensorial feeling of touch. In my work I explore how to create art that you would want to touch. This stems from a lifelong urge to know what surfaces feel like underneath my vingers. All surfaces intrigue me. With my art I want to provoke a similar urge in others. I sculpt with textures and experiment with unconventional materials and techniques. It is almost a quest to see whether people’s relationship with textures and surfaces can be expanded.
My proces of creating an artwork always starts with experimentation and exploration because I want to transform things I already (think to) understand. In recent years I started creating Photosculptures by treating photos prints with hot oil in order to add physical depth to an otherwise flat photograph. This technique elevates a reproducible photo into an artwork.
In other projects I use materials like fungi and other edible ingredients and sculpt them into artworks to make people more aware of how fascinating textures and surfaces can be or can become.
I studied Fashion- and Textile design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and Creative Communications in Rotterdam.
Please contact me if you have questions or if you are interested in my work. I would love to hear from you!