Radio Juxtapoz, ep 090: Jacoba Niepoort and the Art of Reconnecting, Live from Nuart Aberdeen
Working in the public space creates an interesting dichotomy for an artist. It is both a highly personal relationship to an audience and the wall itself, but the brief moment in time in which a street artist or muralist is in the location while they paint can create a separation from the artwork. In many cases, you leave just as the town begins to embrace your art. For Danish painter, Jacoba Niepoort, an artist who literally creates some of the most intimate works in the public space we have ever seen, there is both a tenderness and strength in how she approaches a wall. And, there is something about materiality, the surfaces she works on, that is a unique.
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Creating murals and works on paper, Jacoba is working within time with surfaces that can be both enduring and fragile. A wall could crumble or the weather could wear down the colors. Working on paper, the art may fade with time. We love that sort of balance, and so does Jacoba.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak with Jacoba in the middle of painting a mural at Nuart Aberdeen, a wall that proved difficult with the changing weather patterns. She spoke to us about how the pandemic changed her practice, how she always wanted to change the world and pivoted to a new career and how she paints the bold poses of woman in unison.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 090 was recorded on June 8, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland for the Nuart Festival. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz