Supermarket Art Fair
For Supermarket Art Fair 2023, Ormston House will present a solo booth by Irish artist Jennifer Trouton. This year, the fair will be held from 11–14 May 2023 and will take place at Stadsgårdsterminalen, Stockholm.
Selected through an open call through our Membership Scheme, Jennifer proposed a selection from the series One of Many. Through the series of paintings, embroidery, and artefacts, the artist considers the women affected by societal and religious attempts to suppress reproductive rights in Ireland. With the ‘Twilight Zone’ as the theme of this year’s fair, Trouton recounts a 1995 quote from Professor Simon Lee – “Abortion in Northern Ireland is thus a twilight zone”. Lee was referring to a lack of legal clarity which caused a restriction of abortion services.
One of Many highlights how, regardless of continued attempts to reduce their influence and autonomy, women have still accessed the tools necessary to control their own reproductive destinies. In many cases, they found the objects of their own emancipation in the domestic spaces to which they were assigned. Marking five years since the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment in the Republic of Ireland, Jennifer’s work serves as a reminder of the continued barriers to accessing abortion services across the island of Ireland.
This will be the eighth year in which Ormston House has taken part in Supermarket Art Fair. Our participation is kindly supported by Culture Ireland and Limerick Arts Office.
Jennifer Trouton is an Irish artist who works within the discipline of painting. Formally her work appropriates the tropes of traditional still life painting to create contemporary representations that subtly express ideas around gender, class, and identity within Irish history. Her work combines an interest in the mythological and historical with the personal stories and metanarratives of women. While her work is rooted in Ireland, there is a thematic universality to the subjects that intersects with women’s histories globally.
Throughout her career, Trouton’s work has garnered numerous awards, including the Golden Fleece Award, the Claremorris Open (COE), the Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition Keating/McLaughlin Award, and the Royal Ulster Academy Drawing and Watercolour Prize. Trouton has also been awarded Artist residencies in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, China, and Ireland, and in 2023, she received the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s highest accolade: the Major Individual Artist Award.
Trouton’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish State collection, University of Ulster, Belfast HSC Trust, ESB Ireland, the Office of Public Works, N.I. Department of Finance & Personnel, and the David Roberts Foundation, London.
About Supermarket Independent Art Fair
Supermarket Art Fair is an international art fair for artist-run initiatives. Supermarket is dedicated to exhibiting artist-run spaces, artists’ collectives, nomadic spaces, and independent artists’ initiatives of all shapes and from around the world. The key aim is to display unique projects, create opportunities for new local and international networks, and share the strengths of the independent art world with a large audience. The art fair exhibition is accompanied by the public Talks and Performance programme with invited performance artists and speakers from Sweden and abroad. Supermarket takes place annually in Stockholm, Sweden.
InformationSupermarket Art Fair: 11-14 May 2023. Our thanks to Culture Ireland and Limerick Arts Office for their continued support in presenting Irish artists at Supermarket Art Fair.
Image: Installation view, One of Many (2021) by Jennifer Trouton, courtesy of the artist.