Claudy Jongstra is known worldwide for her monumental artworks and architectural installations, whose organic surfaces and nuanced tones reflect Jongstra’s masterful innovations in the ancient technique of making wool felt. Jongstra’s oeuvre, often installed in large public spaces, is included in many international museums aswell as private and corporate collections.
In 2001, Jongstra established her studio in Friesland, a rural northern province of The Netherlands, where she began a sweeping ecological experiment carried out in the local landscape. Maintaining a flock of rare, indigenous Drenthe Heath sheep (the oldest breed in Northern Europe) and cultivating a specialized historic botanical dye collection garden, Jongstra creates acompletely sustainable chain culminating in her artworks.
As Jongstra’s artistic practice expands, so too does the impact on her region. Collaborating with local farms, schools, universities and social initiatives, and drawing on a deep respect for the interwoven narratives of people, land, and tacit knowledge, Jongstra actively reimagines and revitalizes the local landscape from monocultural production toward a more diverse, inclusive, and ecologically-just model.
Claudy Jongstra's work has been exhibited at 7th Architectural Biennale of Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil; Museum De Lakenhal; TextielMuseum, Tilburg, NL; 13th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy; Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, USA.
Her work can be found in the collections of: MoMA, NYC; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, NYC; LACMA Museum, Los Angeles; Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden; Limburgs Museum, Venlo; TextielMuseum, Tilburg; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; RISD Museum, Providence; SFMoMA, San Francisco; Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Triodos Bank Art Collection and Akzo Nobel Art Collection
2016, 2,7 x 7,7 M
Detail of the work 2019, 2,6 x 3,4 M
University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 5,8 x 15,3 M
2018, 1,6 x 4,5 M
Detail of the work, Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco, 2016 4,3 x 14,3 M
Contemporary Art Museum, San Francisco, 2016 4,3 x 14,3 M