For over a decade, Jennifer Trouton has been observing the flux which the habitus has had on the physical transformations that map the Irish landscape and the houses built on this landscape, some of which have been abandoned [Re(collection), 2007] or others which have been cherished, with memories both real and imagined exposed [Ellipsis, 2008].
In all her work the mnemonic associations of objects which are becoming obsolete by mass produced goods, or simply will fade from memory, have been painstakingly realised in a meticulous tromp l'oeil technique such as in the exhibition Looking At the Overlooked (2002) as if by the painstaking process they will be immortalised and last forever.
As an artist, she has sometimes occupied these spaces physically and at other times conceptually, making work with exceptional skill and dexterity that bears integrity of purpose, achieved largely due to her role as an empathetic observer. She is drawn to the oft-overlooked banalities of human existence, giving dignity to the little losses that are slipping away; the lost generations and their culture; of childhood innocence subsiding into adolescence, and
of community based everyday rituals that are usurped by individualism and isolation. In Still (2009) she furthered her ideas of home as an allegory as to how we live now, by exploring the relationship between the environment and its transformations, bringing relational aesthetics into her conceptual process. 'Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived,' is how Nikos Papastergiadis has defined this contemporary state.
Doctoral Candidate in TRIARC, Trinity College Dublin whose research theses is 'Re-imagining The Domestic in Contemporary Irish Art
CV & Education
2013 What Remains, Molesworth Gallery Dublin
2011 Post, Molesworth Gallery Dublin
2009 Still, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2008 Ellipsis, Millennium Court Portadown, N. Ireland
2007 Re(collection), QSS Gallery Belfast
2006 Re(collection), Spectrum Gallery, London
2004 Trace, Grove Gallery, Downpatrick, N. Ireland
2003 Looking at the Overlooked, Ashford Gallery Dublin
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 Fleur du Mal. Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
Three Degrees of Painting, Solstice Arts Cente, Navan
Encounters, Cross Border Touring exhibition of OPW and Department of Finance & Personel collection
PRELUDE SPEAKER: Contemporary Castletown, OPW in partnership
with Crawford Art Gallery present 16 artists in Castletown House, Dublin
Ku Art Gallery, Chaoyang district, Bejiing.
2012 Invited artist, RUA, Ulster Museum, NI
Sites of reverie, Cavanacor Gallery, Lifford, Donegal
2011 Invited artist, RHA, Dublin Ireland
2009 Davy Portrait award, Naughton Gallery Belfast & Farmleigh House Dubli
2008 RUA, Invited artist, Drawing Rooms, Belfast, N.Ireland
2007 Naciena, Guasamin Gallery, Old Havana, Cuba
Fenton Gallery, Group show curated by Martin Gale, Cork Ireland
Resolutions The Katzen Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2006 Through our eyes,The Drawing Gallery, New York, USA
2011 The Keating/McLaughlin Award, RHA, Dublin
2007 AIB Prize 2007, shortlisted artist
2006 Golden Fleece Merit Award
2005 COE 2005, Adjudicators prize
2000 COE 2000, Adjudicators prize winner
2013 Ballinglen Fellowship Programme, Co Mayo, Ireland
2010 Arts Council of Northern Ireland(ACNI), New York Residency
2003: ACNI Banff International Residency, Canada
1999: 18th Street Art Complex, Santa Monica, U.S.A.