Approved: 30.12.2011

Jennifer Trouton

Artist

Archived
Approved: 30.12.2011

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

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  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
  • Categories: Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: Irish, domestic-interiors, wallpapers, realism, figurative, still-life, irish-diaspora, rural-Ireland
 

Biography

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. Jane Humphries Doctoral Candidate in TRIARC, Trinity College Dublin whose research theses is 'Re-imagining The Domestic in Contemporary Irish Art

CV & Education

Solo Exhibitions

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

Awards:

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

Residencies:    

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.