Jenna Lee- 'Billycans', 2022
This work seeks to reclaim the act of recording, translating and listing words published in ‘Aboriginal Language’ dictionaries. Through the ritualised acts of understanding, deconstruction and reconstruction, the dictionary is translated into a new self-determined language of cultural importance.
Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities, Lee works across sculpture, installation, and body adornment.Driven to create work in which she, her family, and the broader mixed First Nations community see themselves represented, Lee builds on a foundation of her father’s teachings of culture and her mother’s teachings of paper craft..
June 1- July 29
The Vessel Project is an exploration of the vessel en masse, as imagined by Melbourne’s most creative practitioners. The showcase continues the examination of modern amphorae in Jugs, and celebrates Craft's curatorial collaboration with the NGV for Vessels – now showing as part of Melbourne Now at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
Read about the exhibition.
Material: pages of 'Aboriginal words and place names', bookbinding thread, varnish
Dimensions: Large: 11 x 11 x 40cm including handle. Small: 5.5 x 5.5 x 22cm including handle. Sold as a pair
Photography: Henry Trumble