Sarah Smolders

Graduation year






time and place: context.


Sarah Smolders reflects on site specific places. After a work is finished she systematically documents the place, keeping a residual image that can be remobilized in her practice. An intriguing aspect of this working process is her continuous re-presentation, reframing, and re-staging of these rest images in the present. In her in-situ interventions a sort of trompe l'oeuil becomes visible, evoking the crystallization of that space, balancing between appearing and disappearing. The conceptual exercise of the re-presentation of places began in 2011, when she started the never ending series Studio Floor, in which she yearly copies the floor of her studio on a scale of one to one, as archaeological research into the traces and stains of her work, the yearly activity in her studio. Smolders is interested in the use of paint as materiality. By focusing on the chemical procedures of mixing oil paint, acrylic paint, varnish, spray paint etc. the works lose the character of being an illustration and gain the capability to represent themselves. They are not copying reality they are their own reality, one that is continual in motion, captured and reframed, placed, replaced and re-staged.

Featured events

HISK Open Studios 2018, Lisa Wilkens, photo Chantal van Rijt

Open Studios 2018

18/05/2018 21/05/2018
  HISK - Open Studios

Show me tomorrow, we will go there.

22/11/2018 16/12/2018
  HISK - Laureates Exhibition
Sarah Smolders, 2021

Sarah Smolders. KunstINgang #17

19/04/2021 25/06/2021
Cultuurcentrum Merksem, Antwerpen, BE Exhibition
Web blauw Final withdrawals invitation

Sarah Smolders. WITHDRAWALS

13/11/2022 18/12/2022
LLS Paleis, Antwerpen, BE Exhibition

B-Sides and Rarities

08/04/2023 29/04/2023
FRED&FERRY, Antwerpen, BE Exhibition