I was born in 1974 in Antwerp Belgium, moving to Ireland from the polders of Flemish Zeeland in 1981.
Working in film and moving image my visual narratives are founded on an ongoing dialogue between body and place, convergent with a psychological as well as physical landscape. I am interested in the animal and or/human position in relation to our current collapsing geographies and hyper urbanised environments.
As the Kerry Filmmaker in Residence (2017-2019) I am involved in community engagement and am also working on a film project commissioned by Creative Ireland. I am a member of LUX Critical Forum Cork.
As an artist, what are the key challenges that you face on a daily basis?
The most basic is a lack of fast broadband. As an artist working in a data heavy medium I often need access to hi-speed, even in the town this is not simple.
Distance from Dublin makes attending anything, be it workshops, lectures or exhibitions expensive and time consuming. Sometimes I lose out.
I have a hectic schedule and managing the various aspects of this is often challenging. I spend a lot of time on administration and also driving.
What inspires you most about Kerry?
My way of life involves farming, so this inspires me. I have an insider appreciation of rural life which informs my work.
I am in touch with the elements, and often the most basic of realities. I have a tremendous amount of freedom and a rich environment to draw from.
What is your top tip for fellow artists?
I believe in pushing boundaries and dedication. It is good to look for mentors or guidance. A professional artist will always find a way to keep making good work and reach an audience.
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