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Jennifer Allnutt

Disassociation | Original

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Artist Statement:

Disassociation is the action of disconnecting or separating; or the state of being disconnected.

I had several moments after going through a traumatic period of my life where I didn’t recognise myself in the mirror. I felt like I was looking at myself for the first time or I was looking at a stranger. I was noticing how the trauma had changed my features. I wanted to illustrate the changes we see in our faces as we age/change as something positive, beautiful and transient like flowers.

Inspired by 14th century Italian artist Arcimbaldo I wanted to do similar surrealist imagery but with my own specific, idiosyncratic meaning.

Year: 2022

Dimensions: 280mm (w) x 510mm (h) x 45mm (d)

Medium: Oil on Cradled Wood Panel

Quirky Fox: Art + Framing

Jennifer Allnutt is a contemporary figurative artist based in Adelaide, Australia. She works primarily with oil paints on cradled wood panel.

Allnutt is a lover of old master artwork from Bouguereau and Caravaggio to her favourite Hieronymus Bosch. She also has a fascination in poetry, mythos, and music and all these interests permeate throughout her practice. Finding inspiration from these, Jennifer constructs figurative and botanical assemblages that act as carriers for her musings.

Allnutt forms her own idiosyncratic mythology from these influences, and she explores human narratives like spiritualism, rebirth, romanticism and the grotesque through figurative, botanical subject matter and allegory. Jenny uses juxtaposition to consider dichotomies between mind and body, (wo)man and nature, reality and 2d form, love and death.