Maria Smits

Maria Smits(523x1024)How to explain the world to myself? This question is the most important answer I can give in explaining my art. I make sculptures, drawings and etchings and was invited to do site specific installations in Holland and Houston (USA).

Making art is for me the way to try to grasp the essence of what intrigues me; Aspects of morality, faith, holiness, hierarchy and sexuality are important issues in my work. Visualizing my view on the condition of man and God is often projected in the figure of the dog. My work is raw, unveiled, direct and sometimes also confrontational .I like to express my vision in strong contradictions:

Dog=God
White=Black
Shadow=Light
Night=Day

………..although my conviction is that all contradictions are only the two sides of the same coin.
They only can exist by the existence of the other.