Five questions to Sanne Terweij

Five questions to Sanne Terweij

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Born in Amsterdam in 1984, Sanne Terweij now works and creates in Zaandam; the neighboring city where artists can still find a place. In her previous years of being a creative entrepreneur working for hospitality and film industry, she has specialized in ageing and patina techniques. She has now merged her previous paths into this ‘Creative Chemistry’, working with materials like copper and brass. Her works have already found their ways to fairs, galleries and collectors worldwide.

Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

In my life I have followed many different paths, that eventually led to this point. Having worked as a special effects painter and surface designer in the industry for years, I have developed my passion in exploring many materials and techniques. The urge to express my own feelings and viewpoint through this just grew stronger over the years.  I honestly think that it is something you feel as a passion that you need to pursue, and it has enriched my life greatly. I think it has even kept me sane in the hard moments.

When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes frst?

Creating new works is the exciting bit! It can start with a lightning strike of an idea, but more often a new idea emerges over time. I start by testing new recipes on my materials, or by sketching. After the general idea has emerged, I start working intuitively, giving in to the flow state of creation. Those are my favorite moments...

What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it in influence the way you work?

I am very lucky to have my studio in a large building that houses a whole creative community, a bit like a village under one roof ;) In my studio I’ve really created my own world, where I love to be alone and submerge into my process. The ability to walk out the door and be in touch with other creators is priceless though! Being able to work together or just discuss certain things can make the otherwise lonely life as an artist very vibrant. 

Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?

The work Cathedra by Barnett Newman for its intensity, and Venus von Willendorf by Otto Piene. The contrast and use of unconventional materials really makes for impressive works that tap into your core.

Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?

I hope to still be in the good space I am at now ;)

After many dreams have come true last year, I did get a taste for some more international adventures. Traveling the world showing your works is truly the best feeling. So aiming high, in five years time, I will have shown my works on Art Basel Miami, Frieze and TEFAF , and I will have built a good art family around me so I can keep focusing on what I love most; spending time in my studio bubble and adding something to the world and hopefully people’s lives.

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