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Jenny Keane
updated: 04/13/2013
website: www.jenny-keane.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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'Nightmare on Elm Street' from 'The Big Lick' Series (Documentation of performance, curtesy of Catherine Devlin)
Documentation of 'Psycho' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'The Exorcist' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'Carrie' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'Interview with the Vampire'  from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'What Lies Beneath' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'Dancer in the Dark' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'Seven' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'The Shining' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'The Orphanage' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
'Abluo'
'Galatea'
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  feminist, conceptual, gender/sexuality, language, repetition, site-specific, anatomy, psychological
 
 
'Nightmare on Elm Street' from 'The Big Lick' Series (Documentation of performance, curtesy of Catherine Devlin) by Jenny Keane
'Nightmare on Elm Street' from 'The Big Lick' Series (Documentation of performance, curtesy of Catherine Devlin)
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
2011
96" x  144" 
Documentation of 'Psycho' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
Documentation of 'Psycho' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Video Still
January 2009
Dimensions variable
'The Exorcist' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'The Exorcist' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
December 2008
27" x  39" 
'Carrie' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'Carrie' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
January 2009
27" x  39" 
'Interview with the Vampire'  from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'Interview with the Vampire' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
February 2009
27" x  39" 
'What Lies Beneath' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'What Lies Beneath' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
February 2009
27" x  39" 
'Dancer in the Dark' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'Dancer in the Dark' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
2010
27" x  39" 
'Seven' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'Seven' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
March 2009
27" x  39" 
'The Shining' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'The Shining' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
January 2009
27" x  39" 
'The Orphanage' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series by Jenny Keane
'The Orphanage' from the 'Lick Drawings' Series
Graphite, saliva and blood on Fabriano paper
2010
27" x  39" 
'Abluo' by Jenny Keane
'Abluo'
Double Channel Video Installation, 5:22 mins (looped)
2012
Dimensions variable
'Galatea' by Jenny Keane
'Galatea'
Double Channel Video Installation, 9:24 mins (looped)
2012
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Jenny Keane's practice is focused on the word 'horrific'. Visually, her work deals with society's fascination with horror films - rather than being a fan, Keane's interest in horror stems from the negative representation of the monstrous female body, and the subversion of these depictions. Through video installation and performative drawings, the work explores the self-portrait in an attempt to investigate the dichotomy between fear and desire, its relationship to language and connection to the (female) body. The work focuses on concepts of abjection and liminality alongside the idea of compulsive repetition, a pause or loop that subverts the constructions of narrative.

 

The videos are loops. Through duplicated installations or repetitive actions, they create a liminal moment in which the video fragments and (de)constructs the body in space. The connection to mouth in every work becomes a polyvalent metaphor; it is both the inside and the outside, and its image simultaneously evokes ingestion, sexuality and language. Like verbal prosody, the repetitive visual echoes in each video become a play between a stuttering traumatic episode and a rhythmic sensual meditation.

 

Each of 'The Lick Drawings' is a pause. Being stills captured from horror movies, every image evokes the monstrosity within the film. Developing on the mouth as a source of both desire and disgust, the horrific element in the image is licked to remove it. Rather than allowing the film to complete itself, the drawing of the image halts the story so it cannot restore any kind of 'order' through filmic narrative. Instead what is left is the abject quality of the scene, which is further reiterated by the action of licking the saliva and blood on the image. The licking duplicates the image's monstrous quality, or rather converts it from the metaphorical abject into the literal. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Jenny Keane (Co. Clare, Ireland, 1984) is a visual artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She studied for her degree at Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland (02-06), and MFA at the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland (06-08). Keane recently completed a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Ulster Research Graduate School, Belfast (08-12).

Recent Exhibitions include: What Became of the People We Used To Be?’ Tulca 2012 – Curated by Greg McCartney, Galway, Ireland; ‘Instances of Agreement’ – Curated by Peter Richards, Kao Yuan Art Centre, Kaohsiung County 82151, Taiwan; 'Other Drawings' - Curated by Breda Lynch, Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland; 'Intimate Revolution: Discourse on Disappointment', Siemens Art Space, Beijing, China;?SCOPE Art Fair, New York, Represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, NI; London Art Fair, Represented by Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Abluo’ – Solo Exhibition, Platform Arts Gallery, Belfast; Abluo and The Lick Drawings - Solo Exhibition Siamsa Tire, Kerry, Ireland; ‘(dis)playing the Other’ Exhibition, Catalyst Arts, Belfast; ‘Contemporary Art and the Moving Image’ Video Screening, Queens Film Theatre, Queens University, Belfast; 'Dark Waters' Video Exhibition, The Station, Belfast; 'The M-Machine' Exhibition, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; UKYA (UK Young Artists) Exhibition, University of Derby, Derby, England; ‘MisFit’ Exhibition, Mill St Gallery, Dublin 8, Ireland; Live@8, Live Art and Video Screening, No. 8 Gallery, Galway, Ireland, ‘Play and Skinned Knees’ Exhibition, Catalyst Arts, Belfast; ‘Warm Moving Bodies’ Event as part of the ‘Exquisite Corpse’ Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; ‘The Lick Drawings’ – Solo Exhibition, LCW Gallery, Limerick, Ireland.