Francisca pouring porcelain plate

About

Hello, I am Francisca Snel, I am multidisciplinary visual artist based in the Netherlands. 

Before I started as fulltime artist in 2023 I had a varied career in logistics and the energy sector. 

I’ve always had a passion for working with my hands. I decided to combine the two and started my studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, from which I graduated with a degree in Product Design in 2023. 

Currently I have my studio in Friesland and live in an over a century old house which I renovated completely. Besides that I enjoy driving my Moto Guzzi V7 Anniversary motorbike, playing the harp and biking. 

Intrigued by the technical possibilities and limitations of materials and production processes I like to stretch the boundaries of what is possible. 

My perseverance and analytical approach help me to fully understand the material’s characteristics and potential. Combined with in-depth knowledge of the craft and technical process, I manipulate the material which lead to interesting and unexpected results. 

This can be see in the glass panels, giving a familiair feeling of stained glass in a contemporary version. The overlapping glass colours allow for a new visual reading of different transparencies and richness in the material, capturing the quality and effect  of stained glass in one material. 

Despite the complexity in the creation of the objects, the objects appear simple in form. I prefer to work with durable and environmentally friendly materials , which can be see in my projects with ceramics, glass and linoleum. 

User convenience and interaction are at the core of my designs. Often the user becomes part of the design process and is invited to interact with the object. 

A clear example of this is the Square Garden Vase, in which the shape of the vase is based on a modular system that allows for flexibility to meet the flowers’ and user’s liking. In this way the design can withstand time and stay interesting, as it is always unique. 

Artist Statement

I am interested in the development of our relationship with our direct surrounding.  In how we connect and shape our direct environment with our behaviour. 

My work aims at revealing the beauty and concerns of our relationship with nature. I am deeply concerned by the current climate crisis and awareness of this is inherent in my work.

Analytical skills and research are as much part of my work as the material research that fits the end result. Most likely an influence of my studies and career as consultant

“Combining heart, head and hands.”

I love making something as abstract as a discussion visible and tangible. More often than not research findings feed into unexpected angles grounded in history. An example of this is the representation of the fragile position of women in a patriarchal society through the visualisation of paper flowers.

My process begins by researching the theme and environment it occurs in. What events shaped its current being and how is this information recorded over time in its presence; in its shape, color, sound, sense, smell or otherwise. These elements develop into work that demands its own material and expression, depending on the leading question or observation made. It can for example become a lighting object powered by potatoes, paper flowers or a weaving from plant fibres. 

I believe the work is not autonomous in its nature, it aims at starting conversations and sharing viewpoints. 

I use my strength to analyse and summarise in a clear and condense way to trigger people’s reflection process on their own behaviour and actions, with a particular focus on topics like nature, climate and social equality.

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