Biography

 

I was born in the Netherlands and have been living in Greece since 1985. I studied sociology and women’s studies at the University of Amsterdam; later on, I also earned a graduate diploma in cultural management and policy studies at the University of Paris (Dauphine). In 2012 I completed a Master's degree in Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the United States. 

 

Alongside my formal studies, I worked in the theatre in France (théâtre de la rue) and studied psychodrama in the Netherlands. I began my apprenticeship in the visual arts with ceramics, which I studied in Utrecht, Aix-en-Provence, and Boston. In Greece, after an initial stint in research and other professional positions at a number of public agencies and NGOs, I taught ceramics for several years at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School. 

Since 1990 I have concentrated my creative work on collage and photomontage.  I followed lessons in collage and mixed media at Athens College and at the University of La Verne in Athens, followed by work under the Chinese artist Yi Chen at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg. Additionally, I have taken painting lessons at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, at the Edinburgh College of Art and under the Austrian painter Xenia Hausner in Salzburg. I have participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. I had my first solo exhibition in November 2010 in Athens, called "Portraits in Collage" at Athinais Cultural Centre. My second solo exhibition was held at Ena Contemporary in Athens in 2017. 

For the past ten years, I have been teaching art and collage to adults at various cultural centres in Athens, Greece, and I have set up the IRIS ART CENTRE a centre for art education and artistic coaching in Greece.