Lives in Hamburg, Germany
How do you describe your own art practice?
Reality is constituted by many different levels.
I do research on different subjects that overlap with each other. I construct new realities, try to understand other realities, norms and conditions and deconstruct these again. I formulate compositions that are presented in spatial constellations, editions and artist books. I am dealing with photographs, found objects, own texts and my research results. My photographs form the medial basis of my works. I arrange my pictures and try to find solutions for them.
I describe it as an archaeology of the presence.
What was your first experience with art?
At school I had to paint a natural landscape. I painted a field of pink trees: cherry blossoms. Like in front of our apartment building. My art teacher said “Jenny, this is not looking like nature, this colour doesn’t exist in nature.” She gave me a bad grade and I quit art lessons in high school.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Aesthetics of human beings and their constant excuses for their behaviour as well as voiceless nature.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Time, silence and excitement.
What are you working on at the moment?
“Liste: neues Wasser” is my current project. I will present it at the end of October in Hamburg. Furthermore I am working on my new book, which will be released in the end of the year. Besides that I do research about some excavations nearby Hamburg for my new project about valuable equipment.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Franziska Opel, an artist from Hamburg is surprising me again and again with her work. It is dynamic and strong. The book “Ansichten eines Clowns” written by Heinrich Böll was a very inspiring reading matter for me this year.
Intrigued? You can also buy Jenny Schäfer’s publications in the Tique | store here.