Jennifer Ireland is a multimedia artist working to reconfigure ways of knowing and ways of being in land through the questioning of traditional epistemology and abstract boundaries. Ireland strives to make work that is mindful of situation, site, context, and access. This ethic is found in her work through specific materials and methods which are often light, sustainable and provisional. Ireland’s multi-medium, research-based practice ranges from drawing, photography, video, and sculpture, to site-sensitive installation and performance. Each artwork is made as a proposition that operates simultaneously as suggestion and possibility for de-colonial wayfinding in the Anthropocene.
As a Treaty 7 person, Ireland’s home is in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta, in the foothills between the prairies and the Rocky Mountains, the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, the Tsuu T’ina, and Îyâxe Nakoda Nations and the peoples of the Métis Nation (Region 3). Ireland holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, studied drawing and sculpture at Alberta University of the Arts, and recently graduated from the 2018 Masters of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
The Site Magazine, Vol.40:Devices, The Stone Archive by Caroline Loewen & Edited by Ruth Jones (Image 3: 6. 26. 25. 2. W. 5th, J Ireland, 2018, detail) p. 116 + 117 https://www.thesitemagazine.com/read/the-stone-archive
The Calgary Herald, Worlds Collide: 36 Local Artists Contemplate the Earth and Cosmos for First Exhibition at Contemporary Calgary, Eric Volmers, Jan. 23rd, 2020. https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/worlds-collide-36-local-artists-contemplate-the-earth-and-cosmos-for-first-exhibit-at-contemporary-calgary
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Alumni Association, Jennifer Ireland, Planetary, by Sára Molčan January, 2020. https://www.ecuaa.ca/alumni-exhibitions/jennifer-ireland-planetary/
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Alumni Association, Alums Jennifer Brant and Jennifer Ireland Open an Exhibit at the New Gallery titled; “in the long grass like the ocean, where the ocean used to be”, by Sára Molčan June, 2020. https://www.ecuaa.ca/alumni-stories/the-long-grass-like-the-ocean-where-the-ocean-used-to-be/