Esther Jiskoot creates hybrid forms that exist between a primordial and futuristic state, which seek to explore the relation between bodies and minds and the world they inhabit. Their sensual aura transmits ideas of vulnerability and quests for vitalism. Mechanisms on survival, support, coping and avoiding, reveal an inability and unceasing drive how to deal with live and dead, are often at the core of her work. By shaping and deforming contrasting materials, she investigates human behavior that tries to find a form between primal instincts/nature and culture. She addresses the viewer on an intuitive sensory level. As a sculptor, her interest lies in the alarming splendor of the imperfect as a sign of humanity.
Jiskoot has participated in numerous group shows and international art fairs of which recently Volta Basel. Jiskoot is awarded several grants from Mondriaan Fund and is part of private, public and museum collections like for instance AKZO-NOBEL Art Collection, Kennedy van der Laan collection, the NOG-collection at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Princessehof, Glasmuseum Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding, . Jiskoot realized several commissions for public space and companies, municipality and government of which most recent a sculpture for the entrance hall of the International School The Hague. She is currently represented by the gallery NL=US art.
Jiskoot studied at TeHaTex NLO Mollerinstituut Tilburg (textiles and sculpture) the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (glass) and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam, all in the Netherlands. She lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.