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Domestic Strangers
What do a tube of paint and a box of concrete separators have in common? Concrete separators and Chinese soupspoons? Soupspoons and coffee cups? Coffee cups and plastic bath mats? Bath mats and deep-frying sieves? Sieves and clay? Clay and paint?
They are all materials that an artist can use to create the illusion of life. Or better said: they are the materials that Tanja Smeets uses for sculptures that seem to grow and appear to move. All except paint, which she stopped using when she left art school in Arnhem.
She prefers to paint with materials that already have the right colour and to create texture by combing individual 'dabs' (spoons, cups etc.) in such a way that they form a new entity. Her canvas is often an ordinary or even unsightly piece of reality: the stairwell in an office building, the edge of a new housing development, the wall of a recycling centre.
- Els Hoek in Domestic Strangers, published 2013 (translation: Gerard Forde)

Uncontrollable growth processes
Tanja Smeets chooses her materials on the basis of colour, structure and shape. She connects or groups these materials into large organic structures that seem to be the result of a natural growth process: they infiltrate the environment in which they find themselves and suggest they have always been there. 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, is important in the work of Tanja Smeets.


Book 'Tanja Smeets Domestic Strangers', Lecturis, 2013

PUBLICATIONS
2014: Jantine Kremer, 'Schilderen zonder verf', De Vensterbank
2013: Book 'Tanja Smeets Domestic Strangers', published by Timmer Art Books (Lecturis), tekst Els Hoek, vormgeving Niessen & de Vries
2011: Korea International Competition, Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale
2011: Sundaymorning Ceramics, Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale
2010: Dead or Alive, catalogue, publication MAD Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2010: Foundation Art in Public Space (SKOR), The Collection: A New Context for Art Projects in Care Institutions
2009: Uitgelicht, NRC Handelsblad, december 2009
2008: Accidental Carpet, published in Elle en New York Times
2008: BK-informatie, Art magazine, the Netherlands
2008: U Home, publication
2007: Niederländisch 3-D, publication Galerie Petra Nostheide-Eycke, Germany
2007: Mix Interiors, Design Magazine, UK
2006: "The village office. From art to the art of furnishing", publication Samas
2006: "Open monumentendag 2006", publication CBK Groningen
2004: review show Archipel, by Wim van der Beek, Kunstbeeld, Art Magazine
2004: "Strange creatures conquer Art Centre Archipel", by Wim van der Beek, Apeldoornse Courant
2004: Dutch Government Agency, Youth Prison De Doggershoek
2004: "Art in Government Buildings 2000-2003", publication by Dutch Government Agency
2004: review work Inspectorate for Consumer Goods Zwijndrecht, by Mariet Meester, SMAAK, Magazine Dutch Government Agency
2003: "Amorphous sculptures by Tanja Smeets", by Peter van der Meijden, kM, Art Magazine
2003: "Blindgangers en voetzoekers", by Marina de Vries, de Volkskrant
2003: "Blindgangers en voetzoekers", by Thea Figee, Utrechts Nieuwsblad
1999: CBK Amersfoort, publication "Tanja Smeets"
1999: review show CBK Amersfoort, by Thea Figee, Utrechts Nieuwsblad
1998: Centraal Museum Utrecht, catalogue "Salon"

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