Jenny Boot (1969)
Since the beginning of her career Jenny Boot wanted to convey her feelings though art and for this reason, she started painting, but soon discovered that with photography she could control her vision even more.
Light is an important aspect of Jenny’s work. According to the artist, even though a photo, an idea, or a model can be beautiful, light is what makes or breaks a photograph. It is through the use of light that she is able to capture her models in painterly images.
Jenny graduated in fashion photography at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam, worked for many magazines, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including a nomination at the Cannes Lion Awards and an Honorable mention at the prestigious Moscow International Foto Awards.
Her artworks have been presented at the most prestigious international art fairs. They are also a part of the collection at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, beside artists like Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, KAWS and Dustin Yellin.
One of the works, “Black Girl with Pearl” has been added to the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam collection in 2020.
“To set the stage, Jenny’s photography often combines single figures fading into atmospheric voids. Her work presents even taboos so elegantly that, like a scene from the cult classic movie, Labyrinth, the magic can be unrecognizable even though it is at the surface, right under your nose. The New Republic’s Ruth Franklin said of Adrienne Rich’s poem ‘Diving into the Wreck’, that it set about “exploring a past that hasn’t bothered to record her presence”. Likewise, Jenny Boot’s subjects – often women, and women of colour – are frequently absent from recorded history, and all but vanished in the art world and art history. But they are in the white-hot spotlight of Jenny’s attention, wrapped up in iconography.”
“Her masterful use of lighting techniques creates a stage in which she moulds a hunamity of her own sensibility: naked and defenceless. The audience envounters a dark world, ominous, set within a cinematic decor; a piquant vision of unsettling scenes”.
( Reyer Boxem )
“Her photography bears a timeless aesthetic, one that we can keep looking at, being puzzeled by and enjoy escaping with. Her subject matters are full of humanism, hope and powerful emotions. In a world of images, I praise Jenny for arresting us still with her art”
( Marine Tanguy- Rise Art Curator )