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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.



From Beneath/Tower Garden, Enexis, Zwolle (NL), 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
Growing Fence, Deventer (NL), 2015 Growing Fence, Deventer (NL), 2015
Barrier Reef, Schiedam (NL), 2013 Barrier Reef, Schiedam (NL), 2013
Spoons for the Beurtvaartstraat, Apeldoorn (NL), 2012 Spoons for the Beurtvaartstraat, Apeldoorn (NL), 2012
Spoons for the Beurtvaartstraat, Apeldoorn (NL), 2012 Spoons for the Beurtvaartstraat, Apeldoorn (NL), 2012  
Irreversibility, Icheon Museum, South Korea, 2011
Chain Reaction, Heemskerk (NL), 2010 Chain Reaction, Heemskerk (NL), 2010 Don t leave me this way, Barendrecht (NL), 2010 Don t leave me this way, Barendrecht (NL), 2010
Kunsttoepassing Waterrijk Woerden, Woerden (NL), 2009 Kunsttoepassing Waterrijk Woerden, Woerden (NL), 2009
Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Site specifique sculpture, DSM headoffice, Heerlen (NL), 2008 Homeshaker, with Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen, 2008
Untitled, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), 2003
Protopark, Siegerpark Amsterdam (NL), 2002 Youth prison De Doggershoek, Den Helder (NL), 2002


COMMISSIONS
Dutch Government Buildings Agency, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), 2018
Citycenter Zeist (NL), Sketchproposal, 2017
KVL Oisterwijk, Bouwfonds/EKWC (NL), Sketchproposal, 2017
From Beneath/Tower Garden, Enexis, Zwolle (NL), 2017
Around the Sun, DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research), TU/e, TU Eindhoven (NL), 2016
Liquid Garden, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (NL), 2016
Broederschool en Vrije School, de Molenberg, Heerlen (NL), Sketch, 2016
International Criminal Court (ICC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague (NL), Sketchproposal, 2015
TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL), Nebula and the Soft Machine, 2015
City Council Deventer (NL) and ProRail, Growing Fence, 2015
Barrier Reef, Schiedam (NL), 2013
23 Waterspouts for the Beurtvaartstraat, City Council Apeldoorn (NL), 2011-2012
Chain Reaction, site-specific sculpture, City Council Heemskerk (NL), 2010
Don't leave me this way, site-specific sculpture, City Council Barendrecht (NL), 2010
CBK Utrecht and City Council Woerden, Untitled, Facade Stones, Waterrijk, Veluwemeer en Tornemeer (NL), 2009
SKOR, Homeshaker, Hans Berger kliniek, with Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen, 2008
Untitled, site specifique sculpture, DSM Art Collection, headoffice Heerlen (NL), 2008
City Council Barendrecht (NL), Art Commission, Primary School, 2006
City Council Zoetermeer (NL), Sketch plan, 2005
City Council Barendrecht (NL), Cluster V, Primary School, Sketch plan, 2005
Untitled, Inspectorate for Consumer Goods, Zwijndrecht (NL), 2003
Untitled, Protopark, Siegerpark, Amsterdam (NL), 2002
Provincial Art Lease, Utrecht (NL), Educational Project, 2002
Dutch Government Agency, Youth Prison De Doggershoek, Den Helder (NL), 2002
Foundation for Art and Culture Zuid-Holland, Kunstgebouw, Primary Schools, 2001
Amsterdam Art Fund, Nicolaas Maesschool Amsterdam, Sketch plan entrance, 2000

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