Sanne de Haan likes to play with various disciplines and techniques in which there is room for humor, craftsmanship and experiment. The common thread is always a search between the borders of documentation and staging, a duality that is visable in her work. Everything has the potential to become art, but not everything has to be art. Elevating the “art-unworthy” became a key ingredient in Sanne’s work, that wink to the art world.

She works with thriftshop treasures. The quality of her approach lies between the tension of the old-fashioned medium of a technique no-one would usually put on the wall anymore and twists around the motif which seems to be non-fitting, de-arranged and destroying the safe and simple world embroidery work usually delivers.

Sanne carefully unravels old embroideries and then hand-stitches her own ideas back in. This meticulous work ensures that no structural difference arises: the original and the addition are literally intertwined. She changes the form and themes: Shallow landscapes come with aggressive texts, the vague serenity of a biblical vision is disrupted by irrefutable obscenity, and subtle vanitases conceal unsubtle & humorous elements in their composition.