SELECTED PROJECTS & INSTALLATIONS

Untitled

2020
Installation 
Banana Leafs, Clothespins, Washinglines, Wood, Springrocker, Canvas, Rice, Pot, Cooking appliances, Cushions

After several days of playful creation the following installation emerged as an addition to the “these could be your streets” exhibition. 

Inspired by ideas connected to public space and the use of our surroundings both here in the Netherlands aswell as previous experiences abroad. A room was transformed to offer visitors several simple options of play. Presented is a functional yet very dangerous spring rocker made from scrap material. Alongside this was a simple table to play mancala & checkers on with dried beans. The entire room was filled with banana leafs hanging from washing lines which visitors had to traverse. T
ucked in a corner a pot for boiling white rice may be found. This combination of drying organic material and boiled rice caused for a very distinct fragnance to be present in close vicinity to the installation.

HARVEST

2020
Installation & performance
Peanuts, Wood, Cotton, Cushions, Baskets, Volcanic Mortar, Gado Gado, Banana Leaf

Performance and participatory moment occured during the opening in which visitors where invited to communally prepare ingredients and peel peanuts for their serving of Gado Gado.

Harvest was inspired by a recent visit to Indonesia. For this occasion a 4 meter long low seated table with a central container flled with 20+ kg of peanuts was created. Visitors were free to sit, converse & peel peanuts at all times. The aim of harvest was to connect people through this very simple activity of peeling peanuts. The act of choosing, then peeling and finally eating a peanut, one at a time, is a time consuming proces which guides the participant to being more attentive to produce such as peanuts. Intended as a subtle reminder of its journey & its origin both in physical and cultural sense.

Moeflons in the park

2020
Installation & performance
Wood, Tarp, Baskets, Wheat, Local herbs, fruits & eadible vegetation, Cooking materials, Cutlery, Tea, Two masks (Felt, rope, twigs, soil & paint)

For the Once Upon A Town storytelling festival the animal enclosure in the Maastricht city park was temporarily accessible to the general public. A makeshift wooden booth was placed on the highest point and bypassers were invited to gather. A mixture of locally found plants, flowers & fruit, incorporated into dishes which were shared with me abroad formed the basis for a 3 course taste testing. Each dish represented a memory or encounter with a person, now shared again and passed on.


A place to meet, eat and exchange – Graduation work

2019
Installation & performance
Main area: Wooden Table, Crayons, Wooden Skybridge & Stairs, Framed Photograph & Cotton, Blank Canvasses, “Bananabox Bench”, Various Foods
Paintings: (1) The Gardener, (2) Be wary of the Monkey King, (3) Untitled (4) Untitled
Upstairs: Low Seated Kitchenblock, Cushions, Cutlery, & Tableware, Various Kitchen Appliances, Various Foods

A place to meet, eat and exchange as a graduation work and experiment aimed to engage an entire space with the possiblity for conversation and sharing. With an emphasis on the idea that art is an intangible presence between people and the things we come across in our daily lives, be it artwork, common object, an experience or fleeting thoughts.

A very heavy wooden table functioned as the centre piece for this bright blue painted room. With the provided crayons visitors could leave markings or messages on the tabletop for later visitors to find. Several paintings & works were used to add a theme and atmosphere. Alongside this, dishes were being served thrice a day ranging from simply freshly cut pineapple and other fruits to a rijsttafel & buffet at the opening. A simple cummonal kitchen area offered visitors the opportunity to join in preparation of planned dishes or use any of the available ingredients as they saw fit. 

Greeted by the smells down the hallway or the actual taste of a midly spicy Nigerian bean dish complemented the encountered the visual aspects of the space. Being present and actively preparing dishes at the majority of the time during the 4-day event allowed me to initiate conversations with many of the visitors. Myself, the paintings and the food all fulfilled the role of adding to eachother as storytelling elements and conversation pieces. Merely a starting point, as in the end any subject brought to the table was welcomed. 

Untitled

2019
Performance
Door, – ,Cutlery, Cooking Appliances, Tiles, Various Foods

This unnamed performance was the result of the Outside[HUNGER] workshop and a direct response to the observed local situation, which may be described as a facade of former glory, now cracking under the harsh reality of changing times, economic decline and vacancy. 

In the windows of an old store a live cooking session tempted bypassers to enter, get a bite and share a moment with strangers. Two variations on tradiational local dishes were served.

 

TENT

2018
Installation & performance
Painted Canvasses cut into Sections, Wooden Frames, Carpet, Cushions, Pallet, Fresh Mint Tea, Peanuts

TENT was a temporary intervention during the Museumnacht 2018 and following days in the gardens of the Historical Museum Maastricht which offered guests a change of pace and opportunity for retreat to a more intimate environment. The installation was made of caenen’s old paintings, the frames form the contruction and the canvasses were stitched together to create a colorful outer shell. Guests could simply converse, drink tea or use the space as they saw fit.

AIRBAG

2018
Installation & performance
Inflatable, blower

AIRBAG was a 1:1 replica of the room in which it was inflated. Over the course of several hours it gradually expanded to fill the entire space. Visitors were able to enter the inflatable and experience the change of volume. The semi-transparant nature of the inflatable created a distortion & tension between  participants, the space inside and the outside world. 

AIRBAG questions the use of space in an object with no apparent function assigned to its space. To become aware of the space we occupy and how we relate to others around us when confronted with emptiness.