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Cancer

The crisis of interpretation in incurable cancer. How do people interpret unexpected events that disrupt their lives? One way to deal with such an event is to try to explain it, resolve it, make it smaller, manage it … and just go on living. But often that is not enough. People then turn in on themselves. They realize what the consequences are, what they are going to lose, but at the same time it dawns on them how powerless they are. They have to let go of what they love. This tears them apart. Under this pressure they can suddenly see “the other” which they cannot reason out. Through an unusual experience. An enigmatic confluence…. Proximity. Or insight into the path of life.
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Silly Planet

A befriended couple went on a world tour, as a parting gift I drew them a booklet; the Silly Planet. Below a selection of (printed) pages with travel advisories for the countries and cities I’ve visited and which they were about to visit. I presented the booklet digitally though, as the ipad went along (backpacking anno 2012) an app would come in more handy.
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IEKVWSEG

Illustrations and cover of ‘In elke kern van waarheid schuilt een grap’ a poetry book by Rutger Schoenmaker.
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Feverdreams

For my thesis research project I’ve investigated fever dreams. This intense, usually unpleasant experience during a time of fever intrigued me. Fascinated by the typical images from my own fever dream experiences, I decided to deepen myself in this topic. Through a survey of 150 people, conversations with a clinical psychologist and dream researcher I broadened my knowledge on the subject. In addition, many hours on the internet and a comprehensive literature review led to a more complete picture of the subject, the circumstances and the mental processes prior to a fever dream. I have tried to translate this information to images. Selected drawings have been exhibited in Groningen.
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Invisible cities

This project represents the Invisible Cities by  Italo Calvino.  The book elaborates on Marco Polo’s reports on his trips to the mighty Kublai Kan, emperor of the Tartars. These captured drawings are based on the descriptions of these fictitious places. Featured in HanzeMag #3, 19th Volume October 16th, 2013 with Italo Calvino’s Invisible City ‘Ersilia’, the wired city.  
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Exhibition

On the edge of innocence and exhibitionism. Portraits of women. September 2006, many unpacked boxes, hungry, looking for a supermarket. A shortcut to the ‘Korenbeurs’ was quickly found, I only had to cross the ‘Nieuwstad’. Nice cars. Tapping on a window, and I understood. 5 years later, two migrations southward. Same women, same area, another context. What do they think? These works are the result of a search for the boundary between the woman as a prostitute and a woman who is vulnerable with her own thoughts. Pastel Pencil on paper, 70×100 cm
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Daily updates

Daily updates. Remarkable situations I stumbled upon. These daily updates can be seen as the forerunner of the Silly Moments series, except these drawings are somewhat more general in nature.
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Spoorboekje

A self initiated visual train diary, drawn while traveling between Amsterdam and Groningen. A selection of memorable moments.
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Rut

Being old and in a rut.
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