The drawing installation State – conceived for the RHA foyer space – shows monumental circular grid made up of around 1800+ minuscule black silhouette figures pinned to the large wall and, on opposite walls, two black clouds are painted as a framework to drawings, a pin flag and a small video projection. The entire space is cast in a pink glow.
The enduring theme in Anita Groener’s work is the dialectic surrounding the dual perspectives of home and displacement as situated within modern geopolitical realities. State engages with the complex of trauma, of hurt and loss that constitutes the core of this dialogue. Ineluctably situated within a collective system, individual trauma seems unrepresentable. Using strategies and economies of drawing, as well as formal aspects of scale and monochromes, the installation seeks to capture the actuality of this lived experience.
Anita Groener was born in The Netherlands and has worked in Dublin since the 1980s. Groener makes paintings, monumental site-specific wall drawings, film and animation which she exhibits extensively in Europe. In 2006 she presented Crossing in RHA Galleries II and III. Groener is a member of Aosdána and was Head of Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology 2004-6, where she now is a lecturer. The artist is represented by Rubicon Gallery Dublin.