In a highly unusual mixture of schooling, Utrecht-based Jackie Sleper studied at both the College of Agriculture and Horticulture (now Wellantcollege) and the Utrecht Academy of Visual Arts. While art school honed her technical skills, “farmer’s school,” as she likes to
call it, taught her about the fragility of life, the sanctity of nature, and
the importance of working with others to get the job done. It also informed the figures of humans, animals, birds, insects, flowers, and plants that populate her paintings, photographs, and clay, porcelain, resin, and wood sculptures. Sleper collects her works into highly theatrical, thematic exhibitions. Based on her many trips to China, Mexico,
and India, these shows examine—often with an ironic, humorous, and
surreal touch—the threads that connect people on a daily basis. They also can be read as narratives in which the solitary beauty of each intricately crafted work reads like a full-blown story of the artist’s personal experiences as well as those of humankind...see the entire article in the print version of January/February's Sculpture magazine.
See, See What You Can’t See, 2012. Dressing table from 1870, porcelain girl, gold leaf, goose eggs, and blood coral, 150 x 100 x 5 cm. Above: Ode To Gaudí, 2013. Ceramic roses, resin, deer antlers, glass eyes, and mosaic, 255 x 250 cm.