writing

  I love writing. Language is endlessly fascinating to me. As a bilingual person living between two languages and cultures, I love discovering expressive words. In English, pothole, gridlock, jaywalking, chatterbox, tailspin, grassroots, landlocked, snowbirds, starry-eyed, and eye candy were early favorites. Dutch words are equally fun as unexpected meanings emerge from odd combinations: oogappel, dondersteen, rasartiest, polderjongen, hartedief, mopperkont, or wijsneus. All in all, I find myself tinkering with language as much as with fabrics. My goal is at all times to find the right words that precisely cover the art, artist, or subject I am viewing and/or reviewing.

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ESSAYS

50 Bull's Eye themed quilts make up this touring exhibition that premiered at the Muskegon Museum of Art on August 25, 2016 and will travel through 2018. The exhibition catalogue includes my essay "On Target: Firing at our Perceptions with Improvisational Aim." The book is available from the Muskegon Museum.
While directing Carnegie Mellon's galleries, I have written extensively to accompany the exhibitions. Some of these art catalogues are still available.

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ARTICLES & REVIEWS

Art criticism is an art in itself. Having reviewed art exhibitions and been published in Surface Design Journal and Fiberart Magazine, I know what it takes to be a constructive critic and work with an editor to fine-tune my texts.

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thesis  / other

My graduate thesis on the films of Nicolas Roeg was my first dive into systematic research and writing an in-depth analysis. I have also written about the nature of photography in Manipulated Certainties: Media Perception and the Real for the publication Aris 2, and evaluated the ideas of Merleau-Ponty, Roland Barthes and Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1956 film, The Mystery of Picasso (Le Mystère Picasso) in other writings.