Tessa van Rijn
+31(0)6 51393675




The natur(al environment) is for me the place where my body, and especially my mind find rest. For this reason I find it important to investigate the effect of our human actions in relation to the nature. The price we have to pay for our desire for growth and progress. With my work I let the viewer think about the way we deal with our natural environment.

With a curious and critical eye I look at the ecological side effects of industrialization and urbanization. The disturbed relation between man and the natural environment is central in here. I decompose forms of ‘changing-nature’ in experimental and technical studies that are part of my research to understand the subject. By this kaleidoscopic way of working, I can open myself and the viewer to re-look at our environment and to understand our influence on it.

At first it's my intention to deceive the viewer. Therefore, aesthetics play an important role in my work. You'll be enchanted, without exactly knowing what I did or what it is about. 



Curriculum Vitae


Photography, Bachelor of Art, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2011- 2017
Interior advisor, MBO, Hout & Meubilerings College, Rotterdam, 2005-2009

Martine Stig, Amsterdam, 2015
Sarah Carlier, The Hague, 2014
Jan Banning, Amsterdam, 2013
Reinier Gerritsen, Amsterdam, 2013

Participation at Research-lab, part of the honours program of the lectorate of Art theory and Practice Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, September 2014 - January 2015



Foederer Talend Award (GLOW 2018), second place with light artwork ‘Nachtlicht’


Nachtlicht, Light Festival GLOW
Eindhoven, 10-17 oktober 2018

Aan Zee (By The Sea), Jong & Veel Belovend, Villa Mondraan,
Winterswijk, September 2017 - February 2018

Darkest Light, SBK Young Sprouts 2017, SBK-KNSM,
Amsterdam, 28 September - 8 October 2017

Darkest Light, Fotofestival Schiedam, FFS Gallery,
Schiedam, 1 September - 22 September 2017

Darkest Light, Graduation Festival 2017, Royal Academy of Arts,
The Hague, 30 June - 6 July 2017

Exposed, Open day Dutch Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW),
Wageningen, October 2016

Exposed, Dutch Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW),
Wageningen, May 2016

Exposed, Introducing This is a Good Year, The Print Factory, 
Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, April 2016

Fifteen Minutes in Paradise, Pop up expo, Gallery Princentuin,
Buren, September/October 2016

Fifteen Minutes in Paradise, Paradise Expo,
The Hague, January 2015



GLOW Eindhoven, 10 - 17 novemeber 2018

Eindhovens Dagblad, 10 november 2018

Alumna in Light art Festival GLOW in Eindhoven
Royal academy of Art, november 2018

Waar in Nederland vind je nog géén gebouw?,
NRC (online newspaper), 19 February 2017



Darkest Light
A visual search for a magical experience in
real nature, now it's still possible.