Artist's statement

I am a multidisciplinary artist (oil painter, photographer, writer, poet) and art scholar specialized in contemporary Chinese art. My work, and life, is deeply inspired by my lifelong immersion in Asia and Asian art (holistic aesthetic principles, landscape painting). I love to paint with powerful bold brushstrokes and I like to make use of 'emptiness' in my work. Since the 1990s I have been building an archive of images from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and from other places around the world that I have researched. For me, creating art means the interplay between photography, painting, and writing; art is engagement. 

 

In a holistic world, mankind is not in control. Like a grain of sand, a leaf of a tree, a human being is but a miniscule part of nature. Death is no more than another condition of life. The dead do not move into another realm; they are here and now, with us. I am interested in ancestor worship, in rituals people perform for consulting ancestors and for being with the dead, and in the strength of intuition. 

 

I am also interested in power, (post/de)colonization, powershifts, in how dictators rise to power by myth building, and the readiness of the masses to blindly serve and follow, in the tipping point - a split second in which everything turns around and mighty power falls into pieces; and in the role of art and cultural memory. Those in power will always fear the tipping point; those fighting for it always know they will win. Free spirits have endless power. 

My series Strong Women | Shifting Power explores  political, academic, artistic, ethnic, and gender power relations with women like Elisa Loncon (Chile), Nanaia Mahuta (New Zealand) and Sada Mire (Somalia) (coming soon). 

 

My artwork is held in private collections in the UK, Sweden, Belgium, Hong Kong, and China.

My literary work is listed on jeanneboden.com.

I am a regular guest of national and international media (television, radio, art magazines).
As an art scholar focusing on non-western art the Asian Art Archive is, and has been, crucial. 

 

  • M.A.R.C. My brother died. His torment turned tranquility. His spirit into mine.

    M.A.R.C.

    My brother died.
    His torment turned tranquility.
    His spirit into mine.