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Tanja Smeets - Artist
Tanja Smeets is a visual artist who lives and works in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She holds a degree in fine art from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Her work has been showcased in numerous museums and galleries, including the Henan Museum (Zhengzhou, China), TextielMuseum (Tilburg, Netherlands), Centraal Museum (Utrecht, Netherlands), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands), The Gyonggi International Ceramics Biennale, Icheon (South Korea) and the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, USA).
In 2017-2018 she particpates in the CAP program of museum Vizcaya In Miami, and develops a new installation for the museum space. Smeets has participated in a number of residencies in the Netherlands, China and South Korea. She has work in the permanent collections of the Henan Museum (China), the TextielMuseum, Centraal Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and various commissions which include installations for the KF Hein foundation, DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), Enexis, DSM and the AkzoNobel Art Foundation.

In her installations, Tanja Smeets explores organic growth processes in public spaces as well as in museum galleries. Installations that dialogue intimately with the architectural surroundings. She is interested in the tension between the unexpected presence, the autonomous growth and the scale, density and the seemingly fragility of the work in relation to its surroundings. Smeets often uses materials from daily life, humble materials such as soup spoons, clay, sieves, and bath mats.
"I pay attention to colour, structure, shape, but most importantly, the capability of an object to transform and lose its 'identity' when used in large groups and different sizes."

In 'Domestic Strangers', exhibited at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, large organic structures that seemed to be the result of a natural growth process infiltrated the space, suggesting that they have always been there, interwoven with the main characteristics of the architecture.

On the old stone wall of the staircase of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, she combined lasercut felt material, embroidery and grey colored leaf catchers. A soft, grey skin with coloured yarns drips from the stone wall. The density of the work is different on each level, new glimpses of the work seduce the visitor to go deeper and deeper into the tower. The work seems to grow on its own and permeates the stone tower to grow on the outside in a metal version. The tension that arises between this matter-of-fact presence on the one hand and the imminent danger of a growing organism on the other plays an important role in her work.



White Landscape, Central China International Ceramics Biennale, 2016-2017 White Landscape, Central China International Ceramics Biennale, 2016-2017
Around the Sun, Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Eindhoven (NL), 2016 Around the Sun, Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Eindhoven (NL), 2016
Liquid Garden, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL), 2016 Liquid Garden, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL), 2016
Nebula and the Soft Machine, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), 2016 Nebula and the Soft Machine, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), 2016 Nebula and the Soft Machine, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), 2016
From Far Down, kfHeinfonds Utrecht (NL), 2015
All Systems Melt Down, Domestic Strangers, Boymans Rotterdam (NL), 2013 and in DSM Art Collection, Heerlen (NL), 2016 Korea International Ceramics Biennale, Sundaymorning Ceramics, 2011; AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL), 2015
Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Accidental carpet, with Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen, 2008, Textielmuseum Tilburg (NL), 2010
Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Untitled, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, 2008
Untitled, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), 2003


WORK IN COLLECTIONS
White Landscape, Museum Henan, Zhengzhou, China, 2017
Liquid Garden, Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), 2016
TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), Nebula and the Soft Machine, 2015
All Systems Melt Down, Domestic Strangers, Boijmans Rotterdam (2013/14); DSM Art Collection, Heerlen (NL), 2016
Lepelbeeld, Korea International Ceramics Biennale, Sundaymorning Ceramics (2011); AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL), 2015
Nebula and the Soft Machine, TextielMuseum Tilburg (NL), 2015
From Far Down, kfHeinfonds Utrecht (NL), 2015
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam (NL), 2012
Accidental carpet, with Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen (2008), TextielMuseum Tilburg (NL), 2010
Untitled, site-specifique sculpture, DSM Art Collection, Heerlen (NL), 2008
Untitled, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL), 2008
Untitled, Rijksgebouwendienst, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), 2003

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