Photo: Jennifer Trouton in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Jennifer Trouton


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 read full statement

Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Activities Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Mixed Media, Painting
Tags Irish, domestic-interiors, wallpapers, realism, figurative, still-life, irish-diaspora, rural-Ireland