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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Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom

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Grove 2.0 - Chapel of Wild Wisdom, installed at Lustwarande Tilburg (NL). 500x500x250cm. Photography: Gert Jan van Rooij, Liedeke Kruk.

For the outdoor exhibition Disruption: Remapping Nature, Venus Jasper designed a garden in and around a dome-shaped greenhouse, inspired by both druidic ritual gatherings and the permaculture movement. Since ancient time, wise (wo-)men of the woods have come together to learn from Mother Nature, meeting in forest clearings that were considered sacred in pre-christian cultures and later. The outdoor installation functions as both a greenhouse for (local) herbs & poisons as well as a space for meditation and self-reflection.

The dome, made of branches, wood and sheets of plastic, contains varieties of wild plants found at park De Oude Warande (Tilburg, NL). Seeds have been sown, cuttings planted, paths and seats created. The artist promises that this special space in the woodlands will evolve organically throughout the course of the exhibition and will also host several meditation groups. Grove 2.0, Chapel of Wild Wisdom deliberately creates a cross-pollination between practices and styles of paganism and folklore and an agricultural vernacular: a proposal that turns a greenhouse into a sacred meeting place.

Sketch for Grove 2.0.
Grove 2.0 was featured in Metropolis M, 2017

Delirious Lustwarande - Excursions in Contemporary Sculpture III (2019)

Like Venus's whole oeuvre, the project is in line with many modern tendencies to re-install a balanced and intimate relationship between humans and the earth, which according to the artist is an ongoing re-vamping of our ancient matriarchal nature path moving through the undercroft of capitalism like a Deep Green Virus.

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Text: Manon Braat, Venus Jasper
Photo: Liedeke Kruk, Gert Jan van Rooij

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Marleen, Esther, Jan, Tommy
Jonmar Vlijmen

CBK Rotterdam
Mondriaan Fund