ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jennifer H. Troice (Texas, 1987) is a Mexican sculptor who began her artistic career in music, playing the piano and later the harp, an instrument that she studied when she was eleven at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. She is known for her bronze sculptures, which have been displayed both in private and public spaces in Mexico City.
She approached sculpture for the first time during her years at the American School Foundation in Mexico, where she participated in the IB Art program. The experience was crucial for her artistic development. She continued her training at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston (2005), where she studied drawing from the human figure, printmaking, welding, and casting. She finished her first large-scale work, the piece “Imagina” (“Imagine”, 2008) before her 22nd birthday: the sculpture is displayed at the lobby of the Oncology ward of the ABC Hospital.
Jennifer Troice’s work is known for its modern style, which diverges from abstraction. The forms she achieves are always figurative, yet they fall into the category of what the artist likes to call “geometric minimalism” The influence of Cubism is perceivable in the accented angles and the contrast with the organic shapes that lie beneath the objects, animals, and human figures that inspire her work.
Troice’s elegant and simple lines can be found both in small-scale and monumental pieces, supplemented by a constant reflection on her preferred media. The grace and solidity that bronze bestows her sculptures allow them sto be preserved in interior and exterior spaces, becoming timeless pieces. The creative process that leads to the art of sculpting is a therapeutic exercise for Troice. In addition to her references to Constantin Brancusi and cubist sculptors, her models are influenced by the curves in Ruth Bloch’s human figures and the faceted outlines of Leon Bronstein’s works.
Her stylistic evolution is evident when comparing her two collections: her first series —where she was eager to experiment with themes as well as with form— matured into her second collection, En la profundidad (In the Depth, 2011). Inspired by several diving trips, she allowed herself to reinforce her style and work around a defined subject: the ocean. The formal imagination that defines Troice’s method allowed her to cast fish, stars, jellyfishes and coral reefs in bronze, while her creativity solved the designs using non-conventional tools, achieving an exciting range of shapes, angles, and colors. In a similar line of development, Troice is currently working on a series of endangered species to raise awareness around environmental issues.
Despite the inherent difficulty that implies working with bronze—challenging as it is to achieve the same finish as the original models— Troice’s sculptures are carefully crafted. Her polished surfaces, as well as the use of polychrome patinas, convey the artist’s ideas and reveal a personal expressive style that emphasizes the contrast between geometric and organic shapes, a contradiction that is at the core of her aesthetic search.