Museum Princessehof Leeuwarden, NL
Ceramics, Metal, Rubber, Plastic and Felt
Ruben van Vliet
Tanya Rumpff

Tanja Smeets features the brand new work TERRARIUM. This space-filling installation is reminiscent of a seabed overgrown with plants, with structures that sprout from the walls and attach themselves to the floor. The work consists of everyday materials such as ceramics, metal, rubber, plastic and felt. This abundance of materials raises questions about our consumption, but also about what we deem valuable or worthless, and why.

Tanja Smeets’ work combines the natural with the artificial. Her sculptures and installations – made from ordinary household goods combined with ceramics – stem from the idea of an infinite landscape where the space becomes overgrown by amorphous structures. In Terrarium, the visitor moves through ominous islands smothered with wild growth.

European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC)

Every year, some 60 artists spend three month sat the EKWC, where they are given the opportunity to experiment with ceramics.The aim is to stimulate the development of ceramics in the visual arts, design and architecture. In its search for new perspectives and techniques in ceramics, each year the Princessehof invites two artists to present the results of their residency at the EKWC. Tanja Smeets has worked at the EKWC four times in recent years.

Thanks to:
EKWC (European Ceramic Workcenter) museum Princessehof, Mondriaanfund, Tijlfund
and Stichting Stokroos.

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