Jennifer Bennett is a conceptual artist and musician. Her works-- both in visual arts and music-- focus on playfulness, balance, subverting structures of expectation and the distortion of the familiar, implying a deliberate rejection of professionalization. She has realized exhibitions and concerts at various places in different countries. Since 2014, she lives with no stable home and has been working in Santiago de Chile, Detroit, Hamburg and Berlin.
Born and raised in Schaffhausen/Switzerland by Swiss/American parents, she grew up speaking English and German and should soon be confused by her dual citizenship, thus not identifying with the country she lived in and fantasizing about her other potential home: the United States. She traveled to the U.S. with her family for the first time by the age of ten, but was disappointed, as she was not allowed to walk, bike and explore by herself the way she was used to. After leaving school at age 17 with no degree, she worked with handicapped children and later decided to become a psychiatric nurse. At the end of her apprenticeship, she begun producing small-scale sculptures and reliefs and wrote some short stories and poems. She exhibited her works in Schaffhausen and Zurich, working the night shift in a home for elderly people and moving to Zurich in 2002. After six years of being a self-taught artist and generating some interest in her works, a friend talked her into going to art school and she applied at the school of fine arts in Hamburg/Germany, where she was accepted and eventually moved to Hamburg in 2006. She studied with Professor Andrea Tippel and Andreas Slominski and was awarded for her diploma show in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded with the Manor Art Prize in Schaffhausen/Switzerland including a solo exhibition at the Museum zu Allerheiligen. She has been working with various artist groups, mainly in Hamburg, including the most recent, COPS (Corporation of peoples situations), focusing on real estate and the question of property. In late 2015, her book about nations, states and self-organizing will be published with Textem publisher, Hamburg.