Tessa Groenewoud
(1980, Bergen op Zoom, NL)

Master Fine Art, Media Art, School of Arts (KASK)
Ghent, Belgium
2014 – 2016

Art Science, University of Ghent
Ghent, Belgium
2007 – 2008

BA Fine Art, Royal Academy of Visual Arts (KABK)
The Hague, The Netherlands
1998 – 2003


An oeuvre that is at first glance diverse in various media is connected by a poetic and, on the other hand, critical astonishment about the coming into being and dealing with the (photographic) image. Subtle autobiographical references color the work - which often consists of found or existing 'fragments' or images and is indebted to the conceptual movement as well as links to the structural film. It arises from a research in the medium used (from search engines and Google to analogue photography) and can in that sense arise from the matter or the observation, while it is again framed in a predetermined concept, where the use of language and references to literature and art history regularly play a role. A tension that appropriates the various qualities of the photographic image - the hyper-volatile digital and online to the fixed (in silver bromides on paper, as inkjet print or in book form) - regularly plays to the surface in recent work.