I think I was quite lucky. I got a lot of exposure after graduating and many requests to show my work. I was also asked to do new projects, to do a performance, I did a lot of interviews, I got lots of exposure online, etc.; in that way, it has been going extremely way. I also think that in The Netherlands you have a lot of opportunities as an emerging artist, which I guess in a lot of other countries you don’t. For example, if you look at the graduation shows and the amount of galleries which go there… I can’t make a comparison with other countries but I know that in The Netherlands, if you really want to and you push yourself, you can get your chance. Right now, I am applying for funding and I know that if I get it for one more year I will be able to focus just on my art and it will be a great opportunity for me.
Of course, I had to find a job after I graduated and that took a lot of focus away from my processes. There is always a certain amount of luck you have to have but I think this has to do with everything. But actually, I had to kind of pull the break for myself. I got many requests to do new work but mostly based on what people had seen previously, which is great. But as I said before, right now I need time to detach myself completely from what I have done in order to take a step forward. I felt that if I accepted proposals to do new, commissioned work, then I wouldn’t be ready to take that step; I would have had to fit in with what I had done previously because that is what people liked and what they knew. It was a bit confusing for me, but this is a personal thing.