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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.

Book 'Tanja Smeets Domestic Strangers', Lecturis, 2013

2017: Fringes of Beauty, TextielMuseum, Tilburg (NL)
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 The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), 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"