Thursday, 17 July 2008

Interview: Tanja Smit, Dutch painter: A philosopher of images

What brought you to Catalonia?
A longstanding wish to travel, a grant possibility and marketing! It
was 1992 and in Holland you suddenly heard a lot about Catalonia with
the Olympic Games, about Seville's World Expo and Madrid as cultural
capital. El Greco, Velasquez, Goya and Picasso already were
references. So Spain basically attracted me, but I wanted to stay near
the sea and so I landed up in Catalonia.

How has living here influenced your work?
Being a foreigner made me see everything with more distance. The
harder light made me change from acrylic to egg tempera and use
shadows and silhouettes in photographs of drawings and paintings. I've
become more conscious about language in my text works. (Full story in
printed edition)