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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EDEN SPACECRAFT on show at MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven (NL) in 2022. Installation, 400 x 400 x 900 cm. Materials: Wood, Plastic, Plants, Soil, Growlights, Water basin + pump, Fountain, Crystals, Silicone, Perfume. Photography: Jostijn Ligtvoet

This handcrafted wooden spaceship carrying an ecosystem of medicinal herbs, a futuristic fountain of stone, a pond, crystals, tubes, growlights and fog was shown as part of the retrospective exhibition EARTHSRHINE at MU Hybrid Arthouse, Eindhoven (NL).

During the show, one large sculptural installation was created for the center of the exhibition space; the EDEN SPACECRAFT. A large wooden and plan-based sculpture carrying a living ecosystem of herbs andedible plants, a sculpture in the form of a futuristic fountain, lots of soiland fresh fog – encapsulated in a large handmade spaceship that is reminiscent of an Ark.

EDEN SPACECRAFT is based on a 2009 sketch with the same name. Thework appears to be preparing for departure or has perhaps recently arrived,carrying a cultivated idyllic eco-system. A future Ark, built especially forplants and beauty and perhaps a mysterious eco-goddess space-deity.

"While taking inspiration from these ancient practices, the world of EARTHSHRINE simultaneously catapults the narrative into an eco-fictional future. Mystical aliens in the Matthew Barney-esque video Dirty play out their first-ever encounter with soil, while the suggestion of a spaceship landed in the space – a raised, oval structure populated by plants, mist, and a water sculpture — disrupts the notion of an ancient, sacred gathering. By introducing spaceships and alien beings, Griepink uses the sciencefiction method of estrangement. We are placed at a distance from our world and asked to see it anew. In transporting the viewer, these works also prompt to ask questions. Questions about the future. Questions about soil."

- excerpt from To Live and Die with Soil, by Georgia Kareola.

Original sketch from 2019, featured in sketchbook #1.

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Mondriaan Fonds

Spatial Installation
Production: MU production team
Scentography: w/ Merle Bergers
Artist Assistent: Michal Dawid

This video is made by MU