un/bound: Paper vessels workshop with Jenna Lee

Jenna LEE
un/bound passage (detail) 2019
hand-dyed and folded paper installation from pages of 'The Voyages of Captain Cook' Ladybird Book, with video projection
Courtesy of the artist
Past event

In an act of defiance and resistance I am going to take his (James Cook's) legacy and cut it, fold it, transform it and arrange it into something that can carry my words and my story

Jenna Lee

Join artist Jenna Lee in this hands-on workshop and create your own paper folded vessels to add to a collaborative installation inspired by un/bound passage, a significant large-scale installation work featured in the exhibition Rite of Passage. Beginning with an artist talk, Lee will then guide you through the process of making different folded boats and vessels, while exploring text and the transformative ritual of understanding, deconstruction and reconstruction.

All materials provided. If you wish, you are welcome to bring your own recycled paper evoking a memory, such as saved gift wrapping, sheets of music or pages from a book.

This workshop is family friendly.

Jenna Lee

Jenna Lee is a Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman who is also of Asian descent. Her contemporary art practice explores the acts of identity/identification, label/labelling and the relationships formed between language, label and object. Being a Queer, Mixed Race, Asian, Aboriginal Woman, Lee is strongly influenced by her overlapping identities, childhood memories as well as maternal teachings of subject and process.

As an interdisciplinary artist, her work incorporates painting, printmaking, found object and sculpture with a reoccurring use of paper, the book, language and text. Recent work explores the transformation of the printed word through the ritualistic acts of destruction and reconstruction, seeking to translate the page into a new tangible language.

With mixed ancestry running alongside many events in history directly leading to the presence and resilience of both Asian and Aboriginal people in Australia, Lee's current area of artistic research revolves around ancestral cultural objects as well as interdisciplinary cross-cultural practices which aim to rewrite the telling of Asian and Aboriginal narratives in Australia.


QUT Art Museum


8 March 2020


2:00 – 4:00PM


Free, bookings essential


All ages, this workshop is family friendly