Dr Jenny Keane’s practice is focused on the word ‘horrific’.
Through video installation and performative drawings, the work explores the self-portrait in an attempt to investigate the dichotomy between fear and desire, its relationship to language, queer theory, and connection to the (female) body. Abjection and the Uncanny have been very influential in the practice, as has feminist thought as well as theories of language and psychoanalysis.
The work has always had references to contemporary visual culture, and the most important influence is society’s fascination with fear and its artistic expression in horror films.
Working with both video installations and drawings, the practice is focused on liminality and the idea of compulsive repetition; a pause or loop that subverts narrative. Repeating becomes a play between an internalized traumatic event and a sensual meditation.