Chloe Brenan


Chloe Brenan is an Irish artist from rural County Carlow who divides her time between Carlow and Dublin. 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 The Arts Council of Ireland, Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust, Culture Ireland, The NCAD Research Committee, Carlow County Council and ArtLinks. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow; 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 100Archive, Ireland; 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.


Chloe Brenan’s 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 how we both apprehend and obscure the world through images, technology and language. The porosity of the body and its indivisibility from its environs is a recurring concern, especially against a backdrop of climate change. Works often involve close examinations of the poetic haptics of daily life and processes on the edge of perception that call into question boundaries between bodies, intimate spaces and the wider environment. Through moving image, sound, print, language, installation and photography she explores the simultaneous engagement of the corporeal and the intellect, and the reciprocity between both, that enhances our ability to be responsible and responsive to the world’s patternings and murmurings. On one side there is our ability to measure and model, on the other our somatic capacity to tacitly experience, infer and intuit.