Born in 1983, from Leiden, Holland
Born in 1983, from Leiden, Holland
What kind of art did you start with?
Before I attended art school I was photographing a lot with positive films and later on I experimented with making photos of staged scenes with fluorescent lamps, paper and portraits of my sister.
How did you get into sculpture?
In the first year of my art academy I didn't know which specialization I had to choose. A professor of mine recommended me to go for the sculpture department, because during the process of making art I made visual solutions.
Can you talk about ‘Dream Bugatti dream’?
When I painted the base of the sculpture I was thinking about the ‘Bugatti EB 110’ and listening to Bruce Springsteen covering Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’.
What themes does your work usually address?
Nostalgia, teenage longings, beauty and decay.
What is Holland like?
I think Holland is quite beautiful; when I am driving to my studio on my motorcycle I drive through the meadows with white sheep, a typical Dutch landscape. On my way back when the sun is setting, the sky turns pink and purple and the meadows are a darker green, that reminds me of the great Dutch painters such as Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan van Goyen.
Does the government support art culture in Netherlands?
Not that much, a few years after I finished art school the government started decreasing drastically on culture.
Is the public interested in contemporary art?
A small public of art lovers is.
Favorite things to do in Netherlands?
I like going to the beach in summer.
Who is Brenda?
Brenda is a character from the television series ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ performed by Shannen Doherty
What are the important rules for you for a sculpture?
An important rule for a sculpture of mine is that is needs to posses a naïve romance. I find it interesting to search for the limits where the sculpture is balancing on the edge between beauty and decay to the point where it contains a sad cheerfulness.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Jeff Koons, Urs Fischer, Sterling Ruby, Ryan Trecartin and Jon Rafman.
When did you start working with polystyrene? Why do you like working with polystyrene?
I started working with polystyrene during my art academy period. This material is perfect for making quick adjustments and looking for a definitive form in a playful way.
Who is Cesario?
A character from the play ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare.
I like your work titles, how do you come up with them?
Thank you. It’s quite funny actually, I always had a hard time figuring out work titles. Sometimes the titles origin from a theme I am working with or they are based on characters from t.v. series or literature. On other occasions I associate whilst working on a sculpture, and then the colour or shape of the work itself leads me to the title.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in cartoons like ‘King of the Hill’ and also in fashion magazines, these are interesting for their use of color and shape, the make-up, nail polish or lip gloss. At the moment I’m reading a lot about the baroque period and just a while back my grandmother gave me a book with Indonesian drawings that I’m studying right now, this is interesting because of my Indonesian roots.
Tell me about your work process.
Memories and fascinations are elements with which I start my work process; for example when I was working on the sculpture ‘Sunset Arlen Texas’ I wanted to create a monumental art piece for an upcoming exhibition. The colours had to be the same as the sunset in the cartoon ‘King of the Hill’. This is an example of a fascination I start with. Then I began piling up panels of styrofoam and it began to look like a spiral staircase, like a stairway to heaven or a Jacobs ladder. And because the sculpture was about to collapse I had to make a support.
During the creating process the colour, shape and texture are determining, and as I associate I work towards a final sculpture.
Your daily routine?
I start my day with coffee and a cartoon, like ‘American Dad’ or ‘The Simpsons’. I go to my studio on my motorcycle to work on my sculptures and drink some more coffee. At the end of the day I try to clean up my studio and drive back home.
How do you know if your work is done?
This is something quite intuitive. It depends, often I just let the sculpture be for a couple of days, and when I come back to my studio and it is as good as before or even better, than I know it is finished. But it can also happen that I come back and see that it still needs an addition for it to be complete. Like the sculpture ‘Brave new garden’ needed the base of a parasol.
What is ‘Arcade cabinet’?
When I was young I often went out for a day with my grandmother and grandfather, such days ended at the arcade hall on the pier in Scheveningen. There they gave me ten euros to play the machines. I wanted to make a monument of this experience. Also I spraypainted the pedestal in the same colors as a mountain bike I fell in love with at the time and I longed for to have.
Why do you like to use bright colours in your work?
The use of colour in my work goes back to certain memories of my childhood when colors were overwhelmingly present; like seeing a ‘smarties’ candy wrapper.
Can you talk about "Brave new garden"?
As I was working on this sculpture the cloth with the polyester looked like a waterfall. The work made me think of kitschy pictures of hovering islands, and reminded me of John Savage, the main character in Brave New World.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on a sculpture made of styrofoam and pink wax, that looks like Hubba Bubba chewing gum. With this sculpture I want to recreate a romance on the dance floor of a teen disco.
Do you have a day job?
I work in a coffee bar as a barista.
Favorite foods, movies, books, and music?
I’m now reading a book of Michel Houellebecq ‘The elementary particles’. In my studio I often listen to the album ‘Ocean on ocean’ by The Slaves.
The summer of 2015 I will start a residency of three months at the EKWC, European Ceramic Work Centre, where I will be creating ceramic sculptures and a fountain.