Sun-kissed Silence, 2018
tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, installation view

Portal 6, 2017 - 2018
ceramic, glazed, walnut
109 x 75 cm

Portal 3, 2017 - 2018
ceramic, platinum luster, maple
109 x 75 cm

Black out, 2017
black porcelain, nail polish
24.5 x 21.5 cm

Amsterdam Art Fair 2017
Amsterdam, NL, installation view

Rising, 2016
mixed media and collage
31.5 x 25.5 cm

Shape, 2015
mixed media and collage
45 x 37 cm

Spiral, 2016
mixed media and collage
36.5 x 29 cm

In a leap second, 2016
mixed media and collage
36 x 31 cm

Art Cologne 2015
Cologne, DE, installation view

Untitled, 2015
mixed media and collage
42.5 x 32.5 cm

Art Cologne 2014
Cologne, DE, installation view

Untitled, 2014
mixed media and collage
135 x 115 cm

Realms of Memory, 2014
Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL, installation view

Realms of Memory, 2014
Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL, installation view

Landscape IX, 2013
mixed media and collage
137 x 109 cm

Abstract Myths, 2013
NEST, Den Haag, NL, installation view

Canoe, 2015
mixed media and collage
105 x 82 cm

Denote Elements (Christel), 2015
mixed media and collage
28.5 x 36 cm

Empire, 2016
mixed media and collage
106.5 x 85.5 cm

Lane, 2016
mixed media and collage
70 x 56 cm

biography

The issues that Dieuwke Spaans raises in her work relate to the limits of knowledge and the reality that lies beyond reality, the subjectivity of our perception, and – ultimately – our inevitable break with the familiar. Spaans provides the viewer with elements for an experience of that abstract realm without defining this further. She brings various visual elements and materials together, then leaves it up to the viewer to amalgamate them in such a way that they form a ‘spectacle’ which is greater than the sum of its parts. In doing this she fluctuates between the two poles that characterized her earlier works, namely (at one end of the spectrum) the narrative aspect and (at the other) pure abstraction. Dieuwke Spaans is well known for her collages that are made up of what she calls ‘everyday images’. Those everyday images are existing images: pages from books, empty pages—in every possible gradation of white—photographs, writing, fragments that she snatches away from their original contexts in order to use them as building blocks for a new reality. Sometimes her work contains references to everyday images or objects that are fictitious like e.g. in her works in ceramics and porcelain. In a casual manner she consequently associates her work with the contemporary discourse in which the current relevance of tradition is sought. 

Dieuwke Spaans was born in Rheden in the Netherlands, in 1973. She lives and works in Amsterdam. She obtained her Master’s degree at the Ateliers Arnhem and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL) from 2001 to 2003. A residency followed in 2005 at Delfina in London (UK) and in 2007 at Projektstudio Berlin, in Berlin (DE). In 2018 she was a resident at the EKWC, Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum in Oisterwijk (NL). Spaans won various prizes, including the Royal Award for Painting in 1997 and 1998. Among the locations where her work has been shown in solo presentations are Museum Arnhem, Arnhem (2014, NL); Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (2014, NL); AMC Art Collection, Amsterdam (2011, NL). Here work was part of group exhibitions in a.o. Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (2018, NL); Stadsarchief, Amsterdam (2016, NL); De Vishal, Haarlem (2015, NL); Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim (2014, NL); Manifesta Office, Amsterdam (2013, NL); Nest, The Hague (2013, NL); Museum Hilversum, Hilversum (2012, NL); Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (2011, NL). The work of Dieuwke Spaans is included in private and public collections within the Netherlands and abroad.

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gallery exhibitions
April 26 - June 9, 2018
Solo
September 7 - October 19, 2013
Solo
May 2 - June 22, 2013
Group
October 20 - November 24, 2012
Group
April 14 - May 12, 2012
Group
September 10 - October 22, 2011
Solo