Sydney Contemporary

Jenna Lee—

Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater
B. 1992, Australia

Jenna Lee is a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman with mixed Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo Australia ancestry. Using art to explore and celebrate her many overlapping identities Lee works across sculpture, installation, body adornment, as well as working digitally with moving image, photography and projection. With a practice focused on materiality and ancestral material culture, Lee works with notions of the archive, histories of colonial collecting as well as settler-colonial books and texts. Lee ritualistically analyses, deconstructs, and reconstructs source material, language and books, transforming them into new forms of cultural beauty and pride, presenting a tangibly translated book.

"The work is really about physically translating books. I see my interventions and the deconstruction and reconstruction as kind of like a physical translation of words. I don’t know my own language so this is a way of me intervening in these books and correcting them."

GrassTree_1_JennaLee_2021-1000
Jenna Lee
White Grass Tree 1, 2021
Pages of ‘Aboriginal words and place names’, bookbinding thread, organic cotton thread, florist wire, glue, book cover board
86cm x 20cm x 23cm
 

Presented by MARS Gallery

GrassTree_2_JennaLee_2021-1000

Jenna Lee
White Grass Tree 2, 2021
Pages of ‘Aboriginal words and place names’, bookbinding thread, organic cotton thread, florist wire, glue, book cover board
119cm x 39cm x 38cm

Presented by MARS Gallery

GrassTree_3_JennaLee_2021-1000
Jenna Lee
White Grass Tree 3, 2021
Pages of ‘Aboriginal words and place names’, bookbinding thread, organic cotton thread, florist wire, glue, book cover board
105cm x 38cm x 32cm
 
Presented by MARS Gallery

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