Johanna de Schipper lives and works in Amsterdam. She was born and raised in West Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, and moved to Amsterdam at the age of 19. After graduating from the Rietveld Academy, she attended the two-year residency programme at Ateliers ’63.
The early works of Johanna de Schipper represented a search for identity in a variety of disciplines – primarily collage, performance, installation, and film. After working on a series of street performances and installations with a fellow artist, as “The New Collagists” duo, she co-founded THE BOOKSTORE FOUNDATION in 2010.
At present, (bri)collage plays an important role in Johanna’s life and work. She uses found objects and old pictures to compose new work. The nature of the work is very personal, and pictures often come straight out of the artist’s life, or represent certain issues or characters. The personal themes are generally mixed with more contemporary themes such as mass media and feminism. The 60s & 70s are also an important source of inspiration. De Schipper’s work exudes a sense of nostalgia.