Jonna Pedersen (born 1971 Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen.
Pedersen holds an MA in language and culture from University of Southern Denmark and is a 2003 graduate of Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholt’s School of Visual Arts, Copenhagen. She debuted at the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 2005 and has since shown in a number of juried exhibitions.
She is the recipient of several grants, including from the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Arts Council, the Oticon Foundation and the Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Foundation.
Pedersen has exhibited widely in Denmark, at Heerup Museum and Frederikshavn Museum of Art, as well as in galleries in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London and other cities.
Her works are represented in private and public art collections such as Viborg International Billboard Painting Foundation, Sociale Verzekeringsbank, Zaanstad, Holland, Rødovre Kommune, Denmark,
Than Mór Mail Art Museum, Hungary, Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art Collection, New York.
Pedersen works in media such as paintings, drawings, collages, and 3D objects.
Pedersen is showing us reality based on human actions and traces. Barcelona, Berlin, New York, London and Copenhagen are cities that have inspired her. As well as packaging and an auto repair shop. Her documentation makes the invisible visible. Nothing is too ugly or nonaesthetic.
Member of BKF and KKS.
In my practice I am occupied by everyday life and the traces of people that tell a story about cultures and lives.
I am eager to investigate things and places that have soul, and which may be blind spots in many people’s minds. I am inspired by time gaps in the city, and then traces of people in the big city. It is especially the “skin of the city” that I capture and interpret. It is important for me to create a new reality in my art so my story can begin.
I also possess a great fascination for packaging that tells a story. Packaging from different kind of cultures interests me. I call my paintings of consumer products for time images and I am thus challenging the concept of still life, hoping to revitalize the genre.
I find it essential to constantly practice my art and challenge myself. For me, life and art are intertwined.
In the book “Documentary” (2011) art historian Trine Ross writes: “… Jonna Pedersen can show us the world anew, and let us see ourselves and reality with new eyes.”