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Venus Jasper is a queer visual artist, storyteller, world builder, performative priestess, researcher, educator, writer, and curator, currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Venus Jasper (Griepink) is a queer visual artist, singer-performer, lecturer-researcher, world building priestess, writer and curator - currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In their multi-disciplinary work they envision spirited post-capitalisms that spell the decolonization of western power structures, rekindle more-than-human kinship, and forward queer and sensuous perspectives on ecology, community, spirituality and the self.

As part of their artistic practice, they create ultra-sensory spatial installations in which grounded tactility meets playful futurism. From sculptural mudscapes teeming with life to participatory performances, audiovisual pieces, and experimental electronic soundscapes, vernacular sculptures, participatory performances, and drawings — each creation invites audiences into a realm of exploration and introspection. Highlights are their large solo exhibition EARTHSHRINE at MU Eindhoven (2022) and the performance OAKBaLLZ and EELSKin at Rupert Lithuania (2023).

In recent years, their artistic work has increasingly involved music production and the development of songs, spoken word pieces, poems, spells, and invocations - alongside of their deepening material practice. Be it art, writing, or education, Jasper's activities root in queer ecology, environmentalism, land-based ways of knowing, rejected wisdom, science fiction, the more-than-human, sex, gender, and identity politics. The interplay of these liminal spaces results in speculative and sensuous artistic propositions, temporary ecologies and experiences that benefit "storied" restorations of place.

Venus Jasper holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam (2013) and is trained in Permaculture Design, Reiki, Somatic Psychotherapy, Speculative Writing, and Music Production. Besides their artistic practice, they work as a freelance curator, were a part-time tutor at BEAR ArtEZ Arnhem (2023), Ecology Futures MA MICV/St. Joost Den Bosch (2021-22), and in 2024 teach at Scenography AHK Amsterdam, while mentoring at RE: Opera, Sandberg Institute.



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To read a longer biography, including the development of projects over the years, check the links below. A full CV is also available.


CV Biography

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Other work


For more information about Jasper's work besides their artistic practice, check these links.


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Recent media coverage and interviews

Toegezongen Aarde.

Visiting Song Sing Soil in the Vleeshal, with Jasper Griepink. A dialogue between Dagmar Bosma and Jasper about soil, zombie fungus dangers, and being symbionts, while visiting the exhibition Song Sing Soil by Eglė Budvytytė en Marija Olšauskaitė.

Read the dialogue (Dutch)

Have we met? Interview podcast with MU Eindhoven.

Featured in a new podcast series by MU Eindhoven about EARTHSHRINE, worldbuilding, the sacred, eco-feminism and queer nature. Great interview by Lieke Mangindaan. Hope you enjoy! (Dutch language).

Listen here (Dutch, 41 mins)

To Live and Die With Soil.

Essay by Georgia Kareola, contextualizing the exhibition EARTHSHRINE - a show offering an eco-fictional sacred space with multi-media artworks and public gatherings inviting us to redefine our relationship with soil. The essay unpacks the current soil crisis, and works with critical theory on soil ecologies and new materialist thought to help understand sensing as a way of relating, and soil as a complex living, multi-species assemblage.

Read the essay (15 min)

Grove is in the Heart.

For the 40th anniversary edition of the art magazine Kunstlicht: SPELLBOUND, Georgia Kareola wrote an essay to reflect on my work Enter the Grove and S T O N E O R G Y x DEEPSOIL as performed in various cultural spaces in the Netherlands between 2019 and 2021. The essay focusses on rituals, magical practices and materialist practices within contemporary art and visual culture.

Read it here (15 min)

Kunst is Lang.

I was interviewed about my recent projects for the podcast Kunst is Lang, by Mister Motley magazine and Luuk Heezen. The interview can be found on nearly all podcast platforms, but also on this link. Click below for the video of the interview.

Watch video (50 min)

Orgasme als wondermiddel.

Writer Puck Kroon published a review at Mister Motley about the show Orgonomics, curated by Pádraic E. Moore for Garage Rotterdam. The exhibition centers on the work of Wilhelm Reich and his research of "orgone energy", a sexual bio-energy famously sung about by Kate Bush in the song Cloud Busting.

Read here! (Dutch)

Wanneer taal poëzie wordt, komen we dichter bij de werkelijkheid.

Deep and long interview about my work in 2020 with Lieneke Hulshof for Mister Motley. We talk about language, indigenous knowledge, paganism, speculative fiction, and my recent performances.

English translation can be found here. Enjoy!

Read interview here (Dutch)

Delirious Lustwarande, a book on Contemporary Sculpture.

Very excited to be part of the 2019 book Delirious Lustwarande - Excursions in Contemporary Sculpture III, a book on contemporary sculpture published by Lustwarande Tilburg. The book collects several years of art shown at Lustwarande, including my work Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom. The book also includes several essays by Dominic van den Boogerd, Johan Pas and Domeniek Ruijters.

Order the book here!

Kunstenaar als Sjamaan.

Art historian Nadeche Remst wrote a review for Metropolis M about the performance event Echoes of Shamanism, which took place at Zone2Source, Amsterdam. She discusses the works of each artist, also featuring some photographs.

Read it here (Dutch)

Ultra Ecosexual Polyamory

As part of the book We Are The Market! by Onomatopee, Josh Plough wrote a review of my performance Ultra Ecosexual Polyamory. Permaculture ASAP. The book features 18 unannounced commissioned taking place in the shopping center of Eindhoven.

Read review here.

Natuur en cultuur.

Anne Lotte Dekker wrote a review for Tubelight about the show Disruption - Remapping Nature at Lustwarande Tilburg, for which I had made the work Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom.

Check it out (Dutch)

Niet menselijke Krachten op de Lustwarande

The Dutch newspaper NRC, published a review and photography feature of Disruption - Remapping Nature, the exhibiton at Lustwarande Tilburg, for which I had made the work Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom.  

Read it here (Dutch)

Lustwarande en de connectie Tilburg – Kasselv

Domeniek Ruyters, chief editor of Metropolis M, reviews the show Disruption - Remapping Nature at Lustwarande Tilburg, for which I had made the work Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom.

Online here (Dutch)

Futuristic Primitivism.

Curator Rieke Vos interviewed me about my past 29 years on Earth for O, Wonder! Magazine, a new platform and magazine for dialogue and inspiration around Green Culture, Climate Change, New Economies, and the notion of the Anthropocene. I also contributed an essay on Permaculture and alternative community for the same publication. Read all about it!

Read PDF here (Dutch)

Jan Rijdt Rond.

I was interviewed and followed for a day for the Dutch TV-program Jan Rijdt Rond, aired on NPO. Check the link below for an amusing experience of body, bondage, love and sexuality. The video has English subtitles. Enjoy!

See the video here (6 min)

Nieuwe Nieuwe Alchemie.

Curator and art critic Maaike Lauwaert reports on a possible trend of alchemy and rituals in the arts, for Metropolis M. Also featuring several of my works, such as Laya Papaya Public bath, performed at TENT Rotterdam.

Open the PDF here

Limning Time.

The effervescent Canadian author Lisa Robertson wrote a very beautiful and poetic essay about my graduation work for the Piet Zwart Institute, shown at TENT Rotterdam as part of the show Nothing could be slow enough, nothing last too long, curated by Arnisa Zeqo.

See PDF here (English)