With my art I express my thoughts and emotions on several subjects related to the social and political circumstances in Suriname and other places around the world. Initially, many of my artworks and especially my installations cause a shock effect under the general public, but that is exactly my intention. I want to confront the public with those subjects which they are so often inclined to ignore or just close their eyes to. By doing so I hope to force people in Suriname to think about these controversial subjects and hope to break the tradition of silent acceptance in our country.
The revolution of 1980, the December murders of 1982 and the effect those historical events have had, and still have, on our society today, are a recurring theme in my work. But also current social and political issues, in Suriname as well as abroad, are subjects I touch upon regularly.
My technique is often influenced by the inspiration I receive from the methods of my predecessors out of the era of Dadaism. The use of collage techniques and simple objects is currently characteristic for my art. I also often write poetry which in some cases relates to a specific work of art.
As an artist it is not my intention to simply create a pretty picture, because I have a greater purpose in mind. Through my art and poems I hope to contribute to raising the consciousness of the general public and to encourage discussions regarding those rather forgotten but so important subjects.
2016 Artist in Residence at Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, USA
2009 Research residency at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2008 Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, USA
2008 Artist in Residence at Duende – Art exchange project ArtRoPa, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Since 2007 Art Teacher for special needs children at the Matoekoe Foundation
1997- Now Teacher at the Nola Hatterman Institute
1994- 1997 Different Drawing Contests and Projects
2017 TNF of December "Special Gift Edition", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of November "Frightly", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2017 TNF of May "Open House", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2016 TNF of September "Residency New Orleans", Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname
2014 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, RAG group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 National Art Fair, Suriname
2013 Carifesta XI exhibition, Surinaams Museum, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Suriname
2013 Guyanese>Pigments, Habitation Clement, Martinique, French Guyana
2013 Exhibition 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Solo exhibition "Legally Issued", Galerie Nola Hatterman, Amsterdam, the Netherlands