About the Artist
During my studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, my photographs of landscapes were an inspiration for artworks. More and more I became interested in special elements and structures in these landscapes and after a study of cultural anthropology, the link to people and their environment was born.
“Polder Mijzen 4”, photography, 29cm X 44cm
For ages Dutch inhabitants worked the landscape to protect themselves, their family, home, land, and cattle against water and wind by building dams and mills, digging canals, making mounds, creating polders, etc. Many of these elements have proven to be functional, others have been adapted to modern technology and new solutions are and will be invented to keep our feet dry in the future. In that way, this landscape will continue to change.
“Polder Mijzen 1”, photography, 29cm X 44cm
Archives, old and new maps, studies about landscape and water management, and contact with inhabitants are an excellent source to find these elements in my environment: Holland north of Amsterdam. The more you know, the more you see.
So although there are no people in my photographs they are present in all images, and due to the ever-changing seasons, the various types of weather, and choosing different moments of the day the Dutch landscape always will be interesting to me as the topic of my work.