I’m a Hastings-based artist originally from the Netherlands, interested in discovering the eclectic potential of relationships between image, text and form. I work across photographic processes, writing, film, performance, artist’s books and publishing – through my imprint Negative Press London. Graduating in 2019 with an MA Fine Art (Distinction) from Cambridge School of Art, my MA show was awarded the 2019 Cambridge Artworks Residency.

My work is narrative-led and responds to contemporary social and political issues and historical events from the perspective of the personal queer lived experience. Recent work addresses the impact of climate collapse. 

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.

Some Queer Animals – shortlisted 2024 Author Book Award at Arles Les Rencontres de la Photographie.

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

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.

My writing appears in anthologies, journals and academic publications.


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