My name is Jenny (Paula) Piso and I was born in Port Alberni (B.C.) Canada. When I was one year old my parents emigrated back to the Netherlands, Leeuwarden to be precise. I grew up in Friesland. From 1997 to 2001 I followed my education at the Art Academy ‘Minerva’ in Groningen.
I did my part-time studies at the art academy next to my job at an internet department of a tourism agency. Due to my broad interest, I took additional classes in photography and audio video next to my education as a graphic designer. My graduation project was a large video installation in the hall of mirrors of the USVA, Groningen.
Shortly after my graduation, I resigned from the Noor Nederlands Bureau voor Toerisme, and started working for FIAT in Turin and Amsterdam. As a designer and also team leader I and the team did research and developed future scenario concepts and designs for FIAT. The project covered a number of months and was for an international R&D department of FIAT in Turin, Italy.
In the same year that project ended other work of mine was selected and received an honorable mention with accompanying exhibition in Nagoya, Japan. The years that followed I worked as an indipendant art director and as such I was regularly hired by other companies.
A few years ago I left the world of 'applied art' and marketing and communication. Since then I have been working as an autonomous visual artist in my hometown of Leeuwarden.
About my work
I don't want to pin myself down on just one discipline. Everytime I'm in a new process it feels like sort of a a new adventure. Also I like to do research experiment and discover new options.
For example, I started working with packaging material, and I still do. That in itself is not innovative. But the way I do that is.
When you use new materials you often have to think of new ways to work with them. This means that the outcome is not predictable.
I love that.
Humor to me is also very important, that puts things into perspective. You often see that reflected in my work.
As a child who can wonder, I like to look at things. Why is that? How is that, or what is it?
My work is often layerd, exciting and vulnerable at the same time, critical but also funny and sensitive.
BOK - Beroeps Organisatie Kunstenaars
FRIA - Beroepsvereniging beeldend kunstenaars in Noord-Nederland
Academie Minerva Groningen