Jenny was born in Alberta, Canada and brought up in Co.Mayo.
She now lives and works in Co.Tipperary.
A graduate of NCAD, her work is represented in several public and private collections both at home and abroad.
Concepts of place and belonging have been central components of my work since almost the beginning of my career. 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 my affinity with certain spaces, spaces in which I am cloistered by an immensity and that force me to regard both myself and my connection with that place and that moment. When the uncomplicated and simple act of being turns into an abstracted instant, when everything becomes clear and connected and feels perfect. I try to capture those moments of perfection. Much of my work is informed by being the outsider. Having grown-up, but not ‘being from’, where I lived in rural County Mayo, and now living in County Tipperary, connecting with place is something I search for.
With all my work I seek to have an interplay with subject, composition, and technique, to produce work which is restrained yet airy. I combine gestural mark-making with form in planned picture planes whilst expressing my emotional responses.
I paint using oils applied on stretched canvas, the surface of which has been built up and developed with plaster. I work on several pieces simultaneously, cutting, scratching, etching and sanding into the plaster then using oil paint mixed with linseed oil to build layers of colour and texture and once again I cut, scratch, etch and sand back before applying further layers of paint. The paint settles into the scratch marks, giving them permanence. While some marks are pre-planned and determine the compositional framework, it is during paint application that chance intervenes. The plaster creates inconsistences to the picture plane causing the paint to act and react in random and uncontrolled ways and my responses to this are intuitive and spontaneous.
It is this process of erasure and addition which gradually builds a plane that becomes charged with a history and narrative of its own, one which never fully reveals itself, and consequently allows the viewer to bring their own story to the work.
©2020 Jenny Fox
I wish to acknowledge the assistance of Tipperary County Council under the Tipperary Artists Award Grant Scheme.