about/artist statement

The Land still speaks to us,

and The Speaking Land 

will help us understand its language. *2

The inherent theme of my work as an artist/designer is 'interconnectedness' with all things. We are all interconnected, the trees depend on the insects, on the earth, the sun and the wind; we all depend on each other. With my work I want to increase the human awareness to the meaning of nature in our local environment. Increasing our awareness with nature helps us to feel in touch with our selves and to our earth where we live on. Taking care of the earth, is taken care of ourselves. "Country is loved, needed, and cared for, and cares for her people in turn".*1 I am inspired by the knowledge in the fields of art, ecology, philosophy, geography, architecture, anthropology, science, mindfulness and traditional wisdom. 

For my artistic work I explore (local)natural places like a forest or river and urban environments like cities. I capture the essence and language of those places through field-recordings, video and photography. I observe the interconnection between the 'living natural beings' like a plant with 'non-living' materials like a stone wall. In addition I am observing the garden as a meeting place with nature or as a portal between two different landscapes. During making the work I use my senses and consciousness in that specific moment. Being in touch with the place or land helps me to be in touch with myself. As part of my work I quote texts from poets, philosophers, indigenous people and writers.

As a designer I create unique painted bags of organic fabrics and other self-designed items with my label: 'Himinn' which means 'sky or heaven' and I design painted fabrics for the label Kurashi Design by Ilona Prins. Together we operate under the name 'Het TassenLab & zo' located in the old centrum of Kampen The Netherlands. (location at Broerenstraat 4 Kampen, opening medio september 2020).

I studied Visual Arts at Minerva Academy Groningen, The Photoacademy Amsterdam and The Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam.