Jenny was born in Alberta, Canada and brought up in the West of Ireland.
A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in public and private collections both at home and abroad.
Concepts of belonging and the passage of time, recalled as partly remembered moments, are central components of my work.
My practise touches not only on these notions, but also incorporates personal and emotional responses I have with some surroundings.
At the heart of my work is an affinity with certain spaces, spaces in which I am cloistered by an immensity, that force me to regard both myself and my connection with that moment in that place. When the uncomplicated and simple act of being turns into an abstracted instant, when everything becomes clear and connected and feels perfect. It's these moments of clarity I am trying to encapsulate, and it is these moments which ground me, especially over the past few years of global pandemic and lockdowns.
I am looking for the sublime, to rearrange nature, to look back at remembered and imagined pasts with aesthetic distortion, to delve into caught moments containing elements of the sublime, exploring subtleties and ambiguities rather than definitive form. My work is informed by this fascination with connection to place.
I paint using oils applied on stretched canvas, the surface of which has been built up and developed with plaster. Working on several pieces simultaneously, cutting, scratching, etching and sanding into the plaster then using oils to build layers of colour and texture and again I cut, scratch, etch and sand back before applying further layers of paint. The paint settles into the scratch marks, giving them permanence. With all my work I seek to have an interplay with subject, composition, and technique, to produce work which is restrained yet airy, responding throughout this process with intention.
It is the process of erasure and addition which gradually builds a plane, over time this plane becomes charged with a history and narrative of its own, one that never fully reveals itself, and one which consequently allows the viewer to bring their own story to the work.
©2022 Jenny Fox
I wish to acknowledge the assistance of Tipperary County Council under the Tipperary Artists Award Grant Scheme.