by Trine Ross, Bente Jensen and Ed
DOCUMENTARY is about art and
reality. Individually, the two concepts can be hard to define, and
many have tried over the years. But this much is sure: art creates
its own reality.
Some art specifically and very directly depicts
humanity and existence. Other art documents and depicts humanity
based on the traces we leave behind. Jonna Pedersen practices the latter,
showing us reality based on human actions and traces.
Berlin, New York and Copenhagen are cities that have inspired her. So
has a local auto repair shop.
Her documentation makes the
invisible visible. Nothing is too ugly or nonaesthetic. Though
individual places may seem to be standing still, they are constantly
changing. Jonna Pedersen overlays her work with a larger temporal
perspective. Her pictures are about what has happened before as well
as what is going to happen next.
Art historian Trine Rossís
essay Vanitas on Jyllingevej offers an engaging introduction to
Jonna Pedersenís working process and development, describing the
close connection between her life and her art.
have a big place in Jonna Pedersenís world. The artistís fascination
with product packaging is manifested in representations of everyday
life showcasing consumer products. In her essay, Product Stories,
art historian Bente Jensen describes Jonna Pedersenís reinvention of
this classic painting genre.
Ross and Jensen together give us
a nuanced and fascinating picture of Jonna Pedersenís work in the
period from 2006 to 2010. The book is supplemented by reviews of specific
works, written by the New York-based art critic Ed
Text in English: Cinnober - Trine Ross - Bente Jensen -
160 pages in colour
Photos: Dorte Krogh - Marianne
Leth Layout: Cinnnober Print: Handy-Print A/S ISBN 978-87-987429-4-4
© Cinnober Edition 2011, Copenhagen
Pedersen is born 1971 in
Odense, Denmark. She is a 2003 graduate of BjÝrn Ignatius
ōckenholtís School of Visual Arts, Copenhagen and has also trained
at Ealing Art College, London, and with the artist HŚkan
Jonna Pedersen debuted at the Charlottenborg Spring
Exhibition in 2005 and has since shown in a number of juried exhibitions.
She is the recipient of several grants, including from the Danish
Arts Foundation, the Danish Arts Council, the Oticon Foundation and
the Hielmstierne-Rosencrone Foundation. She has exhibited widely in
Denmark, as well as in New York, Berlin, London, Bosto, Amsterdam,
Barcelona and other cities.
Jonna Pedersen considers it
essential to constantly practice her art and challenge herself. For
her, life and art are intertwined. The things that occupy her have
roots in her past or derive from everyday life. As a child, a
backyard playhouse was her main free space, a sanctuary where she
could give her imagination free reign. She still does so today, at
her studio known as the play- HOUSE.
Blessed with abundant
natural talent, Jonna Pedersen is arguably one of the most
important artists working in Denmark today.