photo: Lisa Spindler Detroit
International Artist / Historian
Dr. Lycia Trouton was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the period of the Troubles and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1970— Since then she has lived in multiple countries, each influencing her art dramatically. Her career as a multi award-winning contemporary artist and art historian spans a large repertoire of site-specific, outdoor land art to interactive public sculpture and worldwide academic lectureship positions at higher education institutions. With the work of Lycia, objects, places, times and stories are revolutionized into the fresh and avant-garde; newborn meaning in what was once ordinary or forgotten is found.
THE LINEN MEMORIAL
This project came about as a vision Dr. Lycia Trouton had–a personal installation on the subject of ‘mending’ and a felt idea of a new way to hold and process grief. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland during ‘the troubles.’ Trouton was impacted by that period of recent history and experienced the loss of 7 of her family friends.
The Irish Linen Memorial, this creative project has now spanned almost 20 years. It has travelled to multiple countries (USA, Canada, Taiwan, China, The Island of Ireland, Australia), been constructed in churches, galleries and world-renowned libraries. This is an ongoing site‐conscious memorial which seeks to re‐narrate the almost 4,000 deaths which took place during the fraught period of ‘the troubles’ in Northern Ireland.
PRAISE FOR LYCIA
Lycia has immense insight, compassion and remarkable tenacity.
The desire for understanding, from the very external and political to the very personal, is the impulse for Lycia Trouton’s work.
Lycia brings to ALL her work a commitment to public discourse, an engagement with essential social themes, an extraordinary intellectual rigor and a rare and refreshing integrity. Her public art is significant and beautiful.
I worked with Lycia in the early 1990s…as a curator, I had up to that time never worked with an artist who brought more commitment and discipline to her work…BioLogical TIme was beautiful and the work engendered complex intellectual discourse. Essentially, her work touched — deeply — people’s lives. In essence, her art created community.
Lycia Trouton’s environmentally conscious and complex monumental work with natural and so-called waste materials is compelling, intellectually rigorous, and just plain beautiful. In her work, she is helping us learn again how to live together on this fragile, damaged sphere.
Lycia’s work is perched, swaying, teetering and fully enjoying the loss of equilibrium…I am struck by her unique, mystic, creative power… with Lycia the mold was most certainly broken.
Thanks I have never forgotten your serpent on the college campus and your steps to the various paradises. I think you have a lot of talent, and it is unique and excellently executed, and it is calling you.