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Creative Chemistry

Green, purple, orange and teal;  colours are everywhere in vibrantly oxidized textures on the pieces of copper and brass that are laying around in different stages of transformation.

This is what we see when we enter the studio of Sanne Terweij.

With her roots in creative entrepreneurship as a decorator/artist for hospitality and film industry, she has spent years specialising in aging and patina techniques.

She currently  focuses on the use of metals such as brass and copper, of which the reflective surfaces shimmer and constantly change with the moving light and the position of the viewer. 

In exploring the oxidative properties of her materials, she sets to work with various chemical processes and interventions to create her wall sculptures in mesmerizing colour schemes. 

Using this process that normally might  ‘devalue’ a metal, corrosion and oxidation,  to create something of more ‘worth’ is something that intrigues her. 

Pure and unpolished, the oxidized shapes form a contrast with their shiny and brushed counterparts, pieced together into timeless works.

In her current body of work she  is experimenting with different hues and gradients to capture fleeting moments and to fully emerge in the power of colour.


It’s the treasures of the material, in colour as well as in texture and reflection, that Terweij ( Amsterdam, 1984 ) is looking for. 

Transition is a common thread, and her process reveals her deep-rooted love for old school craftmanship.

“I feel that the little imperfections you see when something is handmade, really give each piece its own character”


The ever-changing process of oxidation, in combination with the hundreds of hand cut shapes that make up her works, ensure that no two works are ever the same.


Her ( bespoke ) wall objects  have already found their ways to collectors, designers  and galleries worldwide, and she has recently received the Rising Talent Award by Maison&Objet ( sept. 2022 )

Her preference for unconventional materials and her often bold use of colour make for unique and recognizable pieces.

Exhibitions and Fairs



January 19 - 23 , Maison & Objet, Paris

February 9 - 12,  AAF Brussels, Brussels

March 11 - 12, Art(s)Gallery Simone Jansen, Noordwijk

May 3 - 7, KUNSTRAI Amsterdam - booth Galerie Helder

May - June, Groupshow Galerie Helder, Den Haag

July 7 - 9, Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, North Sea Jazz 

Sept 7 - 11, Maison & Objet, Paris





March 23 - 27 , Affordable Art Fair, Brussels

April 1 - June 27, Art'otel Gallery, Amsterdam

June 11 -July 9 , Gallerie Helder, Den Haag

June , Rolling Art Show, Amsterdam

August 25 -28, NockNock Art Fair, Amsterdam

September 8-12, Maison&Objet , Paris

September 8-12, Royal Dutch Embassy, Paris Design Week

September 29- Oktober 23, Kervyn Gallery , Gent

Oktober 27 - 30 , Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam

 Exhibitions and Fairs

Partners and Galleries


Mick Agence - Amsterdam 

Rep Ringel Art - Apeldoorn

Galerie Helder - Den Haag

Art Company - Eindhoven





Selected Publications and Press:

Ateliers D'Art Magazine - 2 Page portrait, September/August 2022

FRAME online - Article Rising Talent Awards

RESIDENCE online - Announcement Rising Talent Awards

Gallery Viewer online  - Interview  Q&A by Manuela Klerkx

GROHE X - Video Docu Drop of the netherlands , short interview 

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