Victorian Craft Awards

Jenna Lee — 'Body Book Pair', 2021

$1,950
While simultaneously being dispossessed from our land and waters, and having children stolen, our words were served up with no connection to people or place in the form of 'Aboriginal' word-list dictionaries. Through acts of transformation, copies of these books are presented as new forms of cultural significance.

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Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Lee’s contemporary practice explores the acts of identity/identification, label/labelling and the relationships formed between language, label and object. These interests are reflected in Lee’s recurring use of paper, language and text throughout her interdisciplinary works. Lee is represented by MARS Gallery.

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Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu. 

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Materials:  Pages of 'Aboriginal Words and Place Names', Bookbinding thread

Dimensions: approx. 13cm x 7cm each

Photography: Henry Trumble

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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