Rosa Smits on MILKFISH
  • Rosa Smits

    Dutch, b. 1990, Netherlands

    Woven textiles on fabric

    Pillow Clouds

    Woven textiles on fabric

    Pillow Snake

    Woven textiles on fabric

    Pillow Stripes

    Woven textiles on fabric

    The Reed And The Blue

    Woven textiles on fabric

    Insert

    Woven textiles on fabric

    Interplay

    Woven textiles on fabric

    The Train Ride

    Education
    2018 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Bachelor Art & Design Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Exhibitions
    2022 Det Flade Land (the flat land), 2 weavings based on interviews with local farmers, made during residency 2021 in Unnerud, DK Copenhagen, Denmark
    Residencies
    2021 Kunstkollektivet, 1 Juli - 15 of August Unnerud, Denmark
    2017 Textile Research Center, Juli, August, September Blönduós, Iceland

    Rosa Smits is an Amsterdam-based artist specializing in textiles. Installations and performative aspects also appear in her work, regularly in collaboration with others. "Fascinated by societies which live collectively and in harmony with nature, I research two huge topics: how to live and how to work together. Much has been written on these issues, among others by Roland Barthes, Deleuze, and Bruno Latour. Their philosophies serve as inspiration and as guides for my work. By working in the sites themselves and using weaving as medium and as metaphor for creating connections, my practice intertwines art, craft, research, and anthropology. I weave with local materials and dye wool with plants, food-leftovers, spices, and earth. Sometimes, I invite inhabitants to participate in the process of weaving, resulting in a new collective language which conceals our exchange of gestures, knowledge, and ideas. At other times, personal stories of places and people, merged with my experience, form the basis of a tangible piece."