Sanne Vaassen (1991, Heerlen) lives and works in Maastricht.
She completed her Bachelor‘s degree at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 2013 and worked at the Jan van Eyck Academy in 2014/2015. She received the Emerging Artist Grant in 2015 and the Established Artist Grant from the Mondriaan Fund in 2019. She was nominated for the Sybren Hellinga Prize in 2016, the Parkstad Limburg Prize in 2016 and the OPEN Prize in 2020, organised by De Balie and Amsterdam‘s 4 en 5 mei comité. Her work has been exhibited in Maastricht, Eindhoven, De Pont, Tilburg, Dubai, New York and London, among others.
Sanne Vaassen has an instinctive, observational response relationship to the human condition and rarely accepts things at their face value, part sociologist part botanist, part poet, part sculptor all depends upon the nature of her gaze. (…) By deconstructing social systems, political speeches & symbols, currencies, as well as social structures Sanne’s body of work transforms each object of focus beyond its purpose and importantly disempowers them, redefining and transforming. Flowers speak, public gardens write poetry, military rifle exercises become sculpture, currencies become films. (…)
- Stacie McCormick, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop