Driven by a keen desire to create, Sanne Terweij (1984) taunts time by capsuling what's fleeting in abstract pieces that unite craftsmanship, design and art.

As an artist, she gets up-close with her memories, everyday observations and emotions. It’s where full scenes turn into vivid pixels, for the viewer to interpret however they wish. 

Using scientific theories on the interplay between humans and colours, Sanne composes individual squares into larger images that capture a moment in time.

Colours and textures are her driving force and her main inspiration. 

Drawing upon her materials, her process becomes more than a vehicle to get to the end result; it's a big part of that end result. 

Sanne’s work isn't made to provoke but to evoke. Evoke a faint sense of familiarity. A forgotten moment. 

A whiff of emotion. 


While creating, her method is one of intuitive precision.

A duality that lets her be guided by her gut feeling while using exact chemical processes and laborious historical pigments to manipulate pieces of metal and scraps of canvas.

It’s this somewhat repetitive method that kindles the calm in a usually quite restless spirit.

As her work often heavily relies on the process of oxidation, time isn't just Sanne's to defy – it's also her greatest ally


Intertwined with her work as an artist are Sanne’s other businesses , Insane Backdrops and Insane Productions. 

The pieces of canvas used in her abstract pieces are cuttings and scraps from her hand-painted photography backgrounds.

As Insane Backdrops, she has created pieces for Scotch & Soda, Sevilay Maria and Nanda Hagenaars. 

With her other company, Insane Productions, Sanne has worked as a scenic artist for the hospitality and film industry since 2007. 

The extensive material studies required in this field of work have and will continue to spark inspiration across expertise. 

To see her commercial works, go visit

Sanne Terweij


Since I mainly started using metals like brass and copper, focussing on oxidation, I often get asked about my materials and process.

So let me tell you a bit about it, and why I use the materials I currently use.

This is what my artworks start out with.. loose blocks of untreated metals or canvas. My focus has been on solid metals lately, and this has been a game changer for me.

So why these materials? 
In an esthetic way, oxidation and the overall ageing of objects has always intrigued me. I think it brings character and uniqueness, and a strange sort of beauty. 
In my carreer as a scenic artist I have developed a bit of an obsession for these aged objects that we often have to mimic. 
Call it a professional habit ;)

But there was another trigger.

I have been working with paints for a long time now, and I knew paint was made out of several main ingredients: binders, fillers and pigments. 
Simple right? 
But I never really stopped to think where these pigments actually came from. 
A couple years ago I started to read more and more about pigments and their origin. Next to organic pigments from plants or animals, many of them arise in a chemical reaction.

Metals in the ground, reacting to water, oxigen and salts: oxidation. 
They are mined , and then ground to pigments.

Later chemists started to experiment and create corrosive reactions and mixing several metals to create these new, strong and often more stable pigments. 
As it goes, lots of processes have evolved, but many pigments are still created in some sort of oxidation process. 
In a nutshell ;) 

Diving into this history, the idea arose to combine this starting point of many pigments: a reaction in the main material, metal, sometimes adding other pigments. Doing my own experimentation if you will ;)

So this is a first step in creating the colours.
The basics are layed out using various chemical recipes for oxidation. 
This whole process is highly affected by humidity and temperature, so the outcome is never the same! 
After this I add and tweak, trying to control the uncontrollable somehow, and that just never stops to intrigue me.

My process is mainly material driven, though the science behind humans interaction with and reaction to colours play a big role in the subjects I choose.

The colours created and the sceneries depicted are however images from my own memories, and are often based on my deep love for the ocean being a passionate diver. Other reoccurring themes are the skies and the beauty, calm, and colour combinations found in nature in general. 

This is just a small intro to my work, if you are interested in knowing more please feel free to contact me.

Sanne Terweij