Current Research (Postdoc)

After defending my PhD, I have been – and am – working on several research projects.

A selection:

  • During Lent 2019 I will conduct ethnographic research during the Amsterdam edition of the international project Art Stations of the Cross. This project is supported with funding by the Sormanifonds and a Cotter Scholarship from the Gladstone’s Library. 

  • On ongoing basis, I work on research on the religious and spiritual dimensions in the painting and writing of Piet Mondrian, in which the notion of sight plays a crucial role. This research was awarded the inaugural Postdoctoral Award of the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park, Hornby Island (June 2018). 

  • Together with dr. Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester) I founded the Visionary Artists, Visionary Objects international research network, at the end of 2017. In Februari 2018 we had our pilot-meeting in Manchester, and we hope for a follow-up in the fall of 2019. We aim to to meet once a year to exchange work and experiences on researching spirituality and religion in modern art.

  • I wrote an essay collection titled In Pursuit of the Sacred: The Museum as Laboratory in the Contemporary Quest for God. This essay collection was awarded with the gold honorary medal of the Teylers’ Theological Society (March 2018).