Born in Canberra, lives and works between Brisbane and London.
Jenna is a mixed race Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri woman whose 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, Jenna’s practice is strongly influenced by her overlapping identities, childhood memory and maternal teachings of subject and process.
As a multidisciplinary artist, her work incorporates painting, printmaking, found object and sculpture with a reoccurring use of paper, language and text. Recent work explores the transformation of the printed word through the act of destruction and reconstruction, seeking to translate them into a new tangible language.
Jenna was a finalist in the 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for the multimedia work ‘Fauna, Flesh and Feeling’, and a finalist in the 2018 Blacktown Art Prize, for ‘recoil, recall, re-coil’. 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’.