About


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Photograph by Ojodepezfotografia

After receiving my MFA from the University of Arizona, I moved to the Netherlands where I was an artist resident at the Rijksakademie. This was followed by two years as a researcher in the Theory Department at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.  With an interest in online writing, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Institute of Creative Technology to pursue a second Master’s degree in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montfort University (Leicester, GB).

From 1996 until 2012, I collaborated with Riek Sijbring and Femke Snelting under the name De Geuzen: a foundation for multi-visual research. When we started we were influenced by our time together at the Jan van Eyck, where art, design and theory co-existed, and we were also fascinated by the emergence of the internet, the popular vernacular of the web and the DIY sharing culture that was made possible through networked connectivity. Our practice took on a variety of forms and combined art, design, coding, theoretical enquiry, and ongoing dialogue with others. Next to national and international exhibitions at De Appel, Manifesta, and the Bienal de Valencia, De Geuzen’s work has been featured in Rhizome, Mute, and Thames and Hudson’s Internet Art.

Building on my collaborative practice I continued to combine various visual forms of research with online writing to explore female identity, narratives of the archive, media ecologies and spaces of co-learning.  Most recently, I was awarded a ‘Start Up Grant’ from the Creative Industry Funds and a ‘Stipendium for Established Artists with Commissioner’ from the Mondriaan Foundation to work with the Castrum Peregrini Foundation. The project, The Warp and Weft of Memory, explores the wardrobe of Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht and the ways in which it reflects her life, work, and various histories with the aim of forging connections to the present.

Simultaneous to these activities,  over the past years I have taught art, design and theory at the BA and MA level at different institutions such as the Bergen National Academy of the Arts (Bergen, NO) and St. Joost Academy (Breda, NL). For several years I have worked at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning, Hogeschool Rotterdam. I was a Core Tutor in the MFA programme and later became the Course Director of the Master Media Design and Communication Course. From 2011-2015,  I served as the Director of the Piet Zwart Institute, and currently hold the post of Senior Research Lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy. At the Master Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute, I am a graduation supervisor where I focus on higher art and design education; digital cultures & education; feminist/queer/critical pedagogies; political art and design practices; artistic research, community based practices, creative/expository writing. I am also a PhD supervisor at the for the PhDArts programme at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague.

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Next to my professional activities, I am also the partner of Cesare Davolio, an Italian illustrator and animator. He kindly drew the portrait above. Together we have a very cool little boy named Eliot who keeps us happily on our toes and makes us see the world in new and magical ways. We live in the city of Rotterdam, a place which is roughly industrial and filled with charm.

If you want to contact me, here is my own primitive attempt at CAPTCHA  ;-)

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