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.
A Treaty 7 person of settler descent, Ireland’s home is in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Canada, and she is grateful and committed to the responsibilities of being a Treaty 7 person. 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.
ART FUTURES: interdisciplinary and multi-species cooperation as anti-oppression strategies for the Anthropocene, in collaboration with Jennifer Brant and THE NEW GALLERY
Media & Publications
STORIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD: International Activists Collections: Volume 9, Publication: Summer 2021 – by invitation, featuring: on going project With the River (2020-2021)
THE NEW GALLERY, Exhibition Catalogue, in the long grass like the ocean where the ocean used to be, by Jennifer Ireland and Jennifer Brant in cooperation with THE NEW GALLERY: https://issuu.com/thenewgallery/docs/brantirelandcatalogfinalsingle
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/
COUNTERACTIVE SUBTERFUGE: Sabotaging the Saboteur, Sunshine Frere, a stick in the spokes exhibition, Charles H. Scott Gallery, 2017. https://artotate.tumblr.com/post/164050243589/counteractive-subterfuge
speculative art collective – founding member, 2020 & residency co-developer/lead/host Jan to March 2021″Art as Theory Residency” & April to June 2021 Developer/lead/chost “Care” Residency