I’m a Hastings-based artist originally from the Netherlands. My practice spans photographic processes, writing, artist’s books, film, performance and publishing (through my imprint Negative Press London).

My narrative-led work responds to contemporary issues and historical events relating to the lived experience, queer identity, memory, death, remembrance, ageing, and the impact of climate collapse. 

Graduating in 2019 with an MA Fine Art (Distinction) from Cambridge School of Art, my MA show awarded the 2019 Cambridge Artworks Residency.

Negative Press London books ( are in many collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wellcome Foundation, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Artists’ Book Collection, Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany.

My recent artist’s book, the 15th book published by Negative Press London (established 2012) is Some Queer Animals. This book responds at a local level to the global loss of seventy per cent of wildlife in the last fifty years and shows postmortem fossil-like life size cyanotype portraits of individual animals recorded in one English village, the process of documentation proposing a closer, mutually caring relationship with nature and wildlife.

The Spots That Never Went was Highly Commended Finalist of the 2019 Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing, presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.  

My writing appears in anthologies, journals and academic publications.

Exhibitions include Photofusion, London; Bruce Castle Museum, London; Foyles Gallery, London; Dutch Centre, London; Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; Arnolfini, Bristol; Bury Art Museum, Bury; and Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke, Virginia, US.


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