Chloe Brenan’s work steps between the languages of moving image, sound, print, text, installation and lens based media. Her practice is concerned with the methods by which order, structure and meaning are extracted and constructed out of an infinitely vague and nebulous reality, and the strangeness of ascribing objective meaning to subjective experience.
She is interested in the process and limitations of communication, and how it rarely moves in straight lines. Rather it gathers interferences along the way; it bends, refracts, quivers, dilates. Fluid and indeterminate states and subjects that evoke fragmented experiences in the receiver/reader are brought together in order to explore disassociation and embodiment. She is interested in the points where signs fail and meaning collapses, bringing to the fore the tension between the actual and its referent, meaning and materiality, sentient human subjectivity and the non-sentience of the world. Her work positions meaning as both contingent and slippery, fluctuating within the material, environmental, and ephemeral situation of encounter.
The porosity of the body and its indivisibility from its environs is a recurring concern, in particular with relation to meteorology - how we experience and relate to atmospheric phenomena, itself characterised by contour-less indeterminacy, and how this experience is subsequently abstracted and warped in our attempts to communicate, represent and frame our experience of it.
Chloe Brenan is an Irish artist from County Carlow who divides her time between Carlow, Dublin and Cork. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Art Print (distinctions) and a Masters from the Department of Fine Art Media both from the National College of Art and Design. Additionally, she holds a Postgraduate Diploma (distinctions) awarded from the Department of Philosophy at University College Cork. She has a background in archival film and paper. She has received support for her practice from Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust, Culture Ireland, Visual Centre of Contemporary Art Carlow, the NCAD Research Committee, Carlow County Council and ArtLinks. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Periphery Space, Wexford; Galway Arts Centre; The Library Project, Dublin; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; The Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Tallinn; as well as in print at Dublin Art Book Fair 2019; Tokyo Art Book Fair, Japan; and I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel. She has had work published by REPLIKA Publishers, Berlin; and The Outside Press, Dublin. Her work is included in the collections of Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan; New Zealand Audio Foundation, Zine and Art Book Collection, Auckland, New Zealand; and MoMA Library Artist Publication Collection, New York. She is a recipient of the 2019 Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Project Studio Award.