Text-plates, a continuation of a long-term artistic experiment with ceramics and sentences (for example in the work TRACK, 2019). During my residency at Sundaymorning@ekwc – from January till March 2021 – I have experimented with a variety of clays, conducted tests with CNC milling and a series of gimlets, composed a range of colored clays, and tried out new glaze formulas.


2018 & 2021

I SUPPORT YOU – YOU SUPPORT ME is a linguistic and performative gesture. It consists of a black and white knitted scarf with text on both sides. The scarf supports the person carrying it, while at the same time speaks to its surroundings. In multiple directions, relations appear between various entities that encounter each other.

For the exhibition SUPPORT SPACE, fifty scarves went on a journey. Sealed in self-made, sewn-shut envelopes, they were delivered by racing bike or by post to destinations in the Netherlands and beyond. Those who order a scarf become first receiver, then giver. Because you can’t reserve the scarf for yourself; the intention is to pass it onto someone you want to show support. The personal delivery of the scarf turns out to be valuable gesture. For many givers, the scarf is what leads them to reach out to the recipient – they usually haven’t seen each other in a while. In this way, the scarf is a way of experiencing togetherness in times of COVID-19.

As an artist I remain at a distance in this process, so as not to stand in the way of the scarf’s intimate handover. My request to the giver was to send me a photo of the handover; to document scarf’s journey. I have received many photos and personal stories from givers and receivers in all manner of unique locations. Reasons why people want to support the person in question and messages from givers, who have seen how much impact the gift has had on the receiver. Deep conversations therefore unfold between the giver and the receiver, as well as between the giver and the artist. For me this signifies a new, profound kind of relationship to those who experience my artworks. Normally, these people come to an exhibition. Now, the artwork comes, quite literally, to their post box, home and life.



OBSERVER consists of circular-shaped rugs with a diameter of 8 meters and small round cut-outs. Participants are invited to lie down on the rug in different ways. Facing downwards: seeing microcosm. Or facing the sky: so that the macrocosm can be observed.



TRACK is a set of yellow ceramic objects-as-walking-routes that are placed on walls and strips in front and behind residential buildings and shop windows. The objects have different shapes and sizes and a bright yellow color. Together, they form a visible trace: a walking route. Some residents and shopkeepers designed a yellow ceramic object themselves, which is included in the walk. A few objects contain texts, inspired by scientific knowledge about plants, micro-organisms and trees. The texts provide directions for a short mental or physical walk.



PATHFINDER consists of ten silkscreen cards with walking instructions. The texts on the cards direct the walker’s senses in various ways – either by questioning or by guiding in a welcoming manner. The instructions evoke a brief action or movement of thought, which activates the senses and sets body and mind in motion. This leads to walks that offer new opportunities for relationships and connections between the visitor and her environment. The straightforward instructions function as poetic suggestions for alternative scenarios that can be put into practice. They invite the participant to act: to become active, anticipate, entwine, re-situate. By walking slightly differently, self-evidences are put into question and alternative possibilities explored. The walks “de-filter” looking and extend it with other ways of perception.

PATHFINDER is about sensory experiencing variations to obvious points of view and positions – and about the pleasure of discovery. The walking instructions are inspired by a reciprocal relation between text and site. Isolde’s renewed interest in her Indonesian family history made her rethink relations between body and place and the influence of language on perception.

Thanks to: Marlies van Hak (text editing), Jonathan Beaton (translation), Wouter Engelbart (support), Plaatsmaken (screen printing), Zone2Source (curator) & Mondriaanfonds.



TRAVELLER is a black cube from which crumpled paper balls are launched. When a visitor presses the red button that is connected to the cube, a paper ball is launched vertically upward. The visitor can catch or pick up this ball. Each paper ball contains a short sentence about the dynamics between our sensory body and the perception of space around.
With special thanks: Jos Scholtes



Every day we stroll along paths, bridges and roads. We stop in front of cars, we cross a zebra crossing: the road determines the rhythm. Overtaking, accelerating, reading, breathing. On foot we investigate our mental and physical experience of the spatial environment. To what extent does our spatial environment influence not only our movement, but also our thinking and feeling? VERSED PATHS explores our mental and embodied experience while walking. This walk is commissioned by Perdu Amsterdam.



During THE DRIVE OF WALKING, a master class organised by Hubert van Eyck Academy Maastricht, I gained valuable insights about walking as artistic practice. I met fellow makers who also consider the meaning of walking for their artistic work. We experimented with ideas related to walking, produced a collaborative publication of walking scripts, and further investigated the importance of the immediate experience.



Cijfershop presents digits and their unique and diverse values through audio fragments, texts and wooden handmade numbers. 



The book Discovery of the Well-known guides the reader through several enlargements of my paintings from the serie Typology of an ideal landscape. From a detail to the whole and back. Just as it is required to observe the paintings closer and step away from them in order to experience the work.

Photography 4/5 inch slide film:
Antje Peters
Photography exhibitions:
Jan Adriaans
Margriet Kemper
Rob van Hoesel
The Eriskay Connection

The publication is available on The Eriskay Connection



Typology of an ideal landscape is a series 
of paintings, each 1.60 m wide and 1.20 m high. Paper cut-outs from travel brochures are affixed to canvas. These fragments are (partly) covered by monochrome acrylics, which connect them. Layers of paint conceal the original landscape images while at the same time creating a new landscape.



Nothing comes from nothing is a series of paintings that make manifest the physical experience of art works. Fragments on the canvasses, almost white or almost black, demand a moment of attention from the spectator. A quick glance does not bring the full range of tonalities to the fore. Only by looking attentively can one’s eyes distinguish the subtle differences in color and pattern.



The Archive of Absence tells of the phenomenon of present absence. It imagines the presence of that which is not there at first glance. An important aspect of the Archive of Absence are expeditions – walks through inside and outside spaces. On these expeditions, I discuss the presence of absence, looking at objects, plants and terminology. The presence of a camouflage net hanging over a shed leads to the discussion of stealth technologies that allow vehicles to move through space while being absent on radar. Throughout these (physical and mental) wanderings the emphasis is placed on sensory observations coupled with associations, stories and visual works.



Expedition North is a collective walk through a river landscape. During this walk, viewing tools were used to evoke interaction between the human body, the environment and fellow walkers.



An interdiscplinary walking project in which participants travel through The Netherlands.
Participating artists: Maarten Bel, Jozee Brouwer, Joost Conijn, Melanie Corre, Designarbeid, Annegien van Doorn, Stijn van Dorpe, Wapke Feenstra, Maartje Folkeringa, Onsia Goemans, Willem de Haan, Paoletta Holst, Pavel van Houten, Michiel Huijben, Misja Immink, Eline Janssen, Esther Kokmeijer, Bastiaan Kwast, Lotte Landman, Charl Landvreugd, Tom Loois, Robert van Middendorp, Jack van Mildert, Wineke van Muiswinkel, Andre Pielage, PIPS:Lab, Peter Taylor, Tonio de Roover, Wouter Venema, Mat Wijn.

ITHAKA (2015), WALKING (2016), DROPPING (2017), PLANTEN (2018), BODYBUILDING (2019)



BUREAU BUURTREIZEN is a travel agency where children tell stories, design maps and organize tours through their own neighborhood. Commissioned by De Nieuwe Veste, KOP and Museum for Communication Breda.



Visitors makes themselves comfortable on a bed. Emanating from the pillow underneath their head is a sound composition. As in Soothing Sounds for Baby (Raymond Scott), one is transported to a sleepy dreamworld. The intention of the installation is to seduce people with the sounds of money, which are used as a mantra or lullaby.



The work (RE)COVERED consists of a number of rows of medals covered in black felt. In this work, only the silhouettes of the medals remain visible. Specific details, such as embossing and color, are invisible. This gives the medals an iconic character. The awarding of a medal can be seen as the assignment of concentrated attention to a specific moment. Each of the medals in the work (RE)COVERED were once given to a person to commemorate a moment in his or her life. By concealing the medals the work becomes memorabilia.