Seeing art as an integrated part of my life and the emphasis being not on the medium of presentation but on the essence of art. I try to achieve the best accomplishment by choosing the most suitable medium and to find different "roads" to express my ideas.
Monique van Kerkhof was born in Nijmegen, Holland
Most of her youth she lived in Maastricht, she moved to Amsterdam at an age of 17 and got involved in Modern Dance. She left for Spain, when 22 years old to study Spanish and continuing dancing in Barcelona at ‘La Fabrica’. In 1985 she moved to New York City studying at the ‘Alvin Nikolais Dance School’ and at the ‘Merce Cunningham Studio’ (She received a scholarship from Merce Cunningham)
In New York, Monique’s professional floral design experience continued. She grew up close to flowers, due to her mother side of two generations in the floral business. She worked 6 years for Preston Bailey Design Inc. and for Bill Ash from Interior Design Magazine.
She moved to Japan in 1990, worked 14 years for a Japanese production company: Bird Land as a (computer graphic) designer, in the meantime she produced performances, installations, projection/video art and exhibitions at unique architectural locations as:
* A Modern Opera in a reservoir in Abiko; ‘Concrete water`
* Art performance project at the United Nation University; ‘Seeing the World Through Different Eyes`
* A multi media art project at world biggest underground construction space ‘Gaigaku Housuiro; ‘Tunnel Vision`
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