‘To make light’ is a time and space-responsive installation of works created by Jenna Lee during her two-month residency with Kyoto Art Center supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. Spanning the duration of her stay and responding to the location’s history as a school, this exhibition blurs the line between installation and open studio.

The title ‘To make light’ is one translation of the Larrakia (Aboriginal) word balarr and references research undertaken during the residency on the relationships between kozo, paper and light, expressed in in the form of woven carrying vessels. These woven bags, widely known in Australia as dilly bags are a traditional Aboriginal basket used in everyday life, lore and ceremonies. Larrakia bags commonly have a ‘conical’ shape, one that shares characteristics of form with traditional Japanese lanterns like the ones made by hand by Kojima Shouten.

To work through - Area 1
Chalkboard, assorted kozo fibres, washi papers, ochre, chalk, polaroids

Documentation of experiments, inspiration, processes, spaces and materials researched during the residency. This area shows the early experiments and first 
Images by Nao Kureya

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