Black hole watermelon

After graduation, there is exhaustion. And then excitement - everything is new and shiny! Then… confusion and greyness with a touch of FOMO. Sparkling again the next day! I am free and savage! Like a baby turtle trying to catch the big waves.*

So life as an artist is the roller coaster we got to know at art school. I already suspected that! But wait, it is only two months ago that I graduated. I made a tiny boat out of water reed and rode on a real wooden roller coaster from 1951 in Helsinki. I saw a kingfisher in Germany and found an abandoned nose, and now, back in The Hague, I am playing around with watermelons for sweet strangers in London. I draw at the kitchentable, on my knees, at the beach and on the road until I will find a new studio. I dream of sculptures. Every now and then I visit friends’ studios. I take notes at exhibitions and of course I am making luminous plans. If this is the Black Hole, then I am fine with it!

* Metaphor taken from an article by Gerda van de Glind on Mister Motley about graduating from art school. Highly recommended (Dutch only):

KABK Graduation Festival 2017

Soon I will graduate.

The Graduation Festival 2017 will take place from Friday 30 June to Thursday 6 July at the Royal Academy of Art, Prinsessegracht 4 in The Hague. Entrance is free.

You can find my presentation Gib dem Affen Zucker on the ground floor at BA.020 at Bleijenburg (backside of the building), behind the one and only curved wall at the academy.

Opening hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday 30 June, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Saturday 1 to Thursday 6 July. For further information please see

Gib dem Affen Zucker

Around the corner

in the curve,

between the lines

where the rosemary grows,

and in your breath.

In meiner Muttersprache,

and in tomorrow’s hills

when the night goes fishing.

This body of work is moving.

I am alive and you,

dear stranger, as well.

The pleasure is all mine.

Secret room

Since a short time I have got a secret room, thanks to a friend. It is a very spacious studio, and in order to get there I cycle through a park which makes me breath green sunlight. I admit, I am in love with this room. I don’t know for how long it will tolerate me or when it will be torn down, but that is something I have to get used to as I heard from other artists. If you, dear reader, recognize the place, please don’t tell it to anybody.  Be my confidant. 

And I will take my chance, working there as much as possible, and dancing barefoot - for instance to the song below…

KABK Graduation Festival 2016

Next year it will be my turn, so this year I could still stroll around pretty relaxed. It was strange to see familiar faces and know they won’t be at the academy anymore in September. But of course it is good to know they will find their way outside. They are ready for it. Here are some pictures of works which attracted me (unfortunately my time was limited so I missed out on most departments besides Fine Arts.)

Again I did not take pictures of everything which fascinated me. Also the works of Alex Andropoulos, Katerina Sidorova, Benjamin AH Harpsoe and Hany Saad were very convincing.

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