262. Carolein Smit

Carolein Smit
Aracoeli (2002)
Unique piece
Glazed ceramic, H. 92.7 cm
– Jan van Hoof Gallery, Den Bosch, 2002
- Private collection, the Netherlands
Dutch Carolein Smit satirically plays with that unknown turning point when beauty turns over in exuberance, hate in love, alienation in elucidation, and unresolved emotions in over-active sentiment. Smit borrows themes from classic mythology and biblical tales, such as greed, power and impotence, vanity, perishableness and death. Often her ceramic sculptures enclose elements like those that can be found in vanitas, such as skulls, skeletons, small bones of animals. All these elements symbolize our temporary presence, but, as always with Smit, she shows them with a touch of irony. Her sculptures of animals can be characterized by their human traits, for which they use sculptural forms instead of paint, employs transgressive beauty that contradicts commonly held convictions about what makes something appealing. The artist's fascination with contrasts: the ugly but adorable, or the frightening but fragile, provides a reminder about the vulnerability and impermanence of life, and the inevitability of death. Smit's works can be found in several prominent collections worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Asante Collection and the Boijmans van Beuningen, among others.

€ 3.000 - 5.000
Hammer amount
€ 2.499