Jenna Lee, The Dreaming Award 2019
Jenna Lee is a Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman. She identifies as a queer, mixed race, Asian, Aboriginal woman, with her art practice strongly influenced by these overlapping identities.
Through her art, Lee explores language, labels and objects, and how these intersect to create or challenge the concept of identity. Her practice spans curation, creative design, art making and production.
Lee’s work has become a key part of Queensland’s visual identity through her work with Gillimbaa Creative Agency. The agency’s piece, The Pulse of Our Ancient Land, uses glass, watercolours and moving lights to showcase the life in the lands of the Yuggera, Turrbal, Quandamooka, Nunukal, Goenpul, Ngugi and Yugambeh peoples. It can be seen by travellers arriving at Brisbane Airport.
In 2018 Lee’s designs were featured on the Australian team uniforms for the Commonwealth Games, she won the tertiary category in the Libris Artist Book Prize for her artist book A Plant in the Wrong Place and was a finalist in both the Blacktown Art Prize and the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design from the Queensland College of Art, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Queensland. She was an inaugural participant of the Blak Curatorial Exchange and she is now working with some of the oldest museums in the UK where she is working to uncover hidden artefacts and objects, and with them the stories of her ancestors.
Learn more about Jenna’s participation at The Space In Between