Using pen, paper, scissors and camera as her tools, Ella Reitsma.Snoep has throughout her career pursued her passion for bringing stories to life.
Reitsma.Snoep began her career at one of the Netherlands’ most influential magazines, ‘Vrij Nederland’, working there as an art critic for 25 years and as art editor for 15 years. Alongside her writing career Reitsma.Snoep also made a name for herself as a puppeteer, traveling through the country and setting up performances for children. The puppets and sets for these performances were made by Reitsma.Snoep herself, whom acted out all the different roles herself. She cemented her name as puppeteer, by setting up her own puppet theatre in the barn of her 17-th century farmhouse in Abbekerk.
In the past decade Reitsma.Snoep has published various books, including Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters which accompanied the exhibition of the same name at the Rembrandthuis and the Getty Museum Los Angeles.
Recently she turned to photography, as part of her book Duizend en meer verhalen op sterk water (A thousand and more stories in formaldehyde). She picked up the camera to help tell the story of the Zoological Museum of Amsterdam.
In her varied career the story and the telling of that story, whatever it might be, has always been the main focus. Whether that be as art historian, journalist, performer or artist.