Art projection: Jenna Lee's- 'Breathing Spaces' 2021

22 November 2021 - 03 December 2021 | 5 min read | venue: Howard Smith Wharves Precinct | cost: Free | address: 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City

published: 22 Nov 2021

Brisbane City Council has an extensive public art collection of approximately 500 diverse objects by local, national and internationally renowned artists.  This diverse collection comprises artworks in a mix of styles and materials ranging from traditional bronze sculptures to large scale contemporary artworks with lighting programs.

For the first time Council has commissioned digital artworks for the city’s growing public art collection by four leading and emerging local, female artists which was launched in 2020 at Council’s newest Outdoor Gallery location, Howard Smith Wharves.

The portability of this part of the wider Public Art Collection allows for the artworks to be displayed multiple times across varying locations. This innovative art procurement takes the artwork to the people rather than the other way around.

Four artworks will be on rotation at Howard Smith Wharves from 22 November to 3 December.

About the artist: Jenna Lee 

Jenna is a Larrakia, Wardamanand Karajarriwoman whose contemporary art practice explores the acts of identification, labelling and the relationships formed between language, label and object. Being a Queer, Mixed Race, Asian, Aboriginal Woman, Jenna’s practice is strongly influenced by her overlapping identities, childhood memory and maternal teachings on subjectivity and process.

Lee won the prestigious Telstra NATSIAA for WandjukMarika Memorial 3D Award; was the recipient of the 2019 Australia Council Young and Emerging Dreaming Award; presented at the National Indigenous Arts Awards in 2019; as well as one of 10 finalists in the prestigious John Fries Award for emerging and early career Australian and New Zealander artists. In 2018 Jenna was a finalist in the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) as well a finalist in the 2018 Blacktown Art Prize. In 2018, Jenna won the tertiary category in the Libris Artist Book Prize for her the loose-leaf artist book ‘A Plant in the Wrong Place.

About the artwork: Breathing SpacesBreathing Spaces is a poem using historic words from the ‘Breathing Spaces’ chapter of Greater Brisbane Scheme 1929 that describes the importance of breathing spaces within Brisbane. Nearly 100 years on, Council is still committed to increasing Green Spaces around the city.

This work aims to contribute towards an appreciation of our collective past through the mixing of words based on the location of the wharves and the surrounding area, with knowledge of First Nations peoples.

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Art projection: Jenna Lee's- 'Breathing Spaces' 2021

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when: 22 November 2021 - 03 December 2021
start time/end time: Check venue of opening hours
venue: Howard Smith Wharves Precinct

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