Carolein Smit was born in 1960 in Amersfoort. In 1979, she attended the Fine Arts Academy of St-Joost in Breda where she studied graphic design and lithography. She spent thirteen years as an illustrator for various magazines and journals until a three months residency in 1995 at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch, during which time she fell in love with clay. Choosing ceramics as her means of expression, Carolein challenges classical standards of what is commonly considered appealing.
Smit’s baroque sculptures revisit certain codifed themes from mythology or religious iconography. From Medusa to the Mystic Lamb, the artist plays with norms and diffuses the sense of the tragic linked to this imagery. Her fascination with contrasts illustrates the impermanence of life before the inevitability of death.
2018 ‘Myth and Mortality: the fairy-tale world of Carolein Smit’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, March – October 2018 2018 Grassi Museum, Leipzig 2018 Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, NL 2015 “Lʼamour fou”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL 2014 “Emanation”, Gallerie Michael Haas, Berlin 2012 “Death and the maiden”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL, . 2011 Galerie Dukan&Hourdequin, Marseille, France. 2010 “Huid en haar”, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL. 2009 “Tränenrot und Perlentau”, Gallerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany. 2009 “Art Amsterdam”, Flatlandgallery, Amsterdam, NL. 2008 Flatland Galerie, Utrecht, NL. 2007 Galerie Jan van Hoof, ʻs-Hertogenbosch, NL. 2005 “Innocenti”, Brutto Gusto, Rotterdam, NL. 2003 Artotek Cologne, Cologne, Germany. 2003 Museum Keramion, Frechen, Germany.
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