When I paint, I’m trying to find feeling.  It’s as simple, and complicated as that.

Creative New Zealand
Untitled 5 by Jack Trolove

Ceremony by Jack Trolove

“I try to make paintings that remind us how much emotional muscle we have. The materiality of paint holds a lot – it can carry gestures and energies that are unsettling, disturbing or blissful, and sensations like plummeting and flight, simultaneously. The more years I spend painting, the more magical this seems to me.

The raw linen shows through the paint; these paintings are not whole stories. If anything, they’re the holes in stories, showing themselves being made and undone. Untethering at the threshold. I find paintings themselves can work as thresholds, by creating a literal second skin to move through, to feel moved.

This exhibition is dedicated to those who work in transformational practices at other thresholds — to the keeners, kaikaranga, midwives, rongoā practitioners, palliative carers, choreographers, therapists and healers to name a few. To people who the world makes liminal, including those who live between gender — ours are some of many bodies that keep the thresholds of the world from closing down. To experts from the natural world: the mangroves, the dawn, the dusk, thank you for showing us how to thrive at the in-between.

These paintings are for you.”

– Jack Trolove

A man in front of two paintings of faces

Jack Trolove in his studio with his works Bones (left) and Aerial Roots.
Photo by Rebecca Swan