Country of origin: The Netherlands
In which Residency Program did you participate?
Sculpture, Installation & New Media Art, 2015
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
A 25 years long, professional artist career demands a new benchmark; I was eager to confront myself with a newer generation of artists and art-education, as a reset and an upgrade at the same time.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
Meeting new colleagues-artists, spending ‘studio-time’ with them and the frequent visits of the critics/teachers, who spend a lot of time with you.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist, designer, etc?
Thanks to one of the ‘critics’/teachers who confronted me with my physical workspace, I was challenged to rearrange my studio and my practical attitude. This was a key moment. The other critics/teachers have supported me continuously with insights and constructive criticism during the residency.
What's going on in your studio now?
Being back, I have rearranged my studio. My workspace is cleared and open and this affects me positively on different levels. It enables me to continue the new use of materials I’ve developed through SVA and their potential to help me reflect on the use of space. The workspace itself is provoking me now to articulate my artistic language, especially regarding the dynamics of space.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
Being ‘an older’ artist has never been an issue at the SVA, I feel being taken seriously and treated in the same fashion as the other (younger) students, I have found this very valuable. During the whole residency there was a great feeling of mutual respect. This has carried me and I have brought it home in my heart, to keep.