Jackie Sleper (1962) is an artist who studied at agricultural college and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. At the art academy she developed her technical proficiency. At agricultural college she learnt about the vulnerability of life and nature and the importance of working in partnership to achieve common goals. Animals, birds, insects and plants still feature prominently in her work.
An artistic jack-of-all-trades, she produces paintings and photographs and creates sculptures in clay, porcelain, polyester resin and wood. She travels to other countries to discover foreign cultures, people and animals and to get a sense of what is happening in other places. She draws on these travels as a source of inspiration. Her work is often exhibited in museums and at art fairs in the Netherlands and other countries. She also lectures on a regular basis.
In 2007, at the Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, she won the International Award Lorenzo il Magnifico for her complete works in the category Sculpture and Installations. In 2014 her work was on display at the Municipal Museum in Zutphen and she presented her Black Jack art book in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Mijn prachtige liefdeThe title of her Miffy statue is Mijn prachtige liefde [My Precious Darling]. The title is also written in Japanese on the back of the statue. ‘In the 1980s I lived on Kromme Nieuwegracht in Utrecht. Every morning I saw a man with a moustache cycling to his studio opposite my house. I always used to say, ‘Good morning Mr Moustache!’ At a certain point he smiled and said, ‘My name is Dick.’ During that period I was studying at the art academy and collected free paper from a printing workshop beneath his studio. He always came to say hello. It is a real privilege for me to be able to pay tribute to Dick Bruna and his oeuvre and to express deep appreciation of Miffy.’