In 2016 I graduated from the art academie in Tilburg, the Netherlands. When I started my training I thought I would become a painter, but than I discovered photography... Soon this became my major and eventually I graduated in the top my class.
Since than I've had the chance to display my work in different group exhibitions and one solo exhibition. All located in the Netherlands.
I also teach at a local art center and work for an art education programma that works with the schools in the area.
In my photographs I like to test the boundary between reality and fiction. They can be described as poetic and intimate but dramatic.
The series I would like to share with you is called 'outside the lines'. This series celebrates vulnerability, that's why I choose to pose in the nude. But it's proven very hard to break through this taboo of nude photography, because it get's associated with sex. My boyfriend was strongly against publishing these photos because he was scared they would be sexualised by men. For myself this series has nothing to do with sex, but a lot of people in my direct cirkel reacted shocked and disapproved. Not only because of the nude but also because the series is about being vulnerable, being "imperfect". I didn't think this would still be a problem since so many people before me have shared there stories about similar problems. Even for woman who are already portrayed as being the more sensitive sex don't seem to be able to show their sensitive side. That's weird right? And for men it must be downright impossible to show vulnerability... Shouldn't we be over this by now?
Outside the lines
My anxiety seems to heighten all my senses, which make my daily tasks difficult because I feel like I'm getting overloaded with information all the time. When it gets to much for me to handle, I'll get a panic attack. This generally happens once or twice a day, but like most people I have good days and bad days. On good days I try and get out of the house to shoot, this project started that way. When I feel good I still feel like my senses are heightened, it makes the places I see almost every day seem unearthlike. Probably because my head is free to wander and play. When I dare to be vulnerable and just enjoy myself I truly come alive.
I’d like to show people that although an illness or condition makes you feel (very) limited, it can have positive side effects. You need to be willing to look for them, it’s so easy to get stuck in the bad, but in my opinion it’s worth a try. It could change the way you feel about your life considerably.