Hatched made in heaven

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Arts has given more than 1000 emerg­ing artists a help­ing hand over the past 25 years with an­nual sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion Hatched: Na­tional Grad­u­ate Show.

This year’s mile­stone event has been cu­rated by Na­dia John­son and will show­case the works of 34 artists cho­sen from more than 90 nom­i­na­tions across Aus­tralian ter­tiary art schools.

ECU Mt Law­ley grad­u­ate Re­becca Jensen had her work For Those Who’ve Come across the Seas se­lected by the judg­ing panel.

She cre­ated the bulk of her piece dur­ing sec­ond se­mes­ter of last year while com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Con­tem­po­rary Arts, ma­jor in vis­ual arts, mi­nor in Man- darin.

“It’s a large-scale in­stal­la­tion made up of about 680 in­di­vid­u­ally let­ter-pressed pages,” Jensen said.

“Us­ing an old school news­pa­per press from 1901, I’ve in­di­vid­u­ally hand-set the let­ters, spa­ces and punc­tu­a­tion, which was quite a la­bo­ri­ous process.

“All of the con­tent of the work is sourced from so­cial media. It fo­cuses on ag­gres­sive na­tion­al­ism, xeno­pho­bia and I’m par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the things peo­ple put in the pub­lic sphere.

“It’s al­most like anonymity is of­fered by safety in num­bers.”

Jensen said she was thrilled to be part of Hatched: Na­tional Grad­u­ate Show 2016 to put her work in a broader sphere.

She is also look­ing for­ward to view­ing the other works and meet­ing the artists be­hind them.

“In the Perth scene, Hatched puts you in a place to watch, which is in­valu­able be­cause ex­po­sure is pretty much ev­ery­thing in this in­dus­try,” the 23-year-old said.

“It’s such an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m ea­ger to see it through.”

The fu­ture looks bright for Jensen, who has a few more ex­hi­bi­tions in the pipe­line and is in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing study in China.

“My mi­nor was in Man­darin and it’s some­thing I tapped into last year when I got a short schol­ar­ship to travel to Shang­hai,” she said.

“It’s some­thing I’m keen to do; I’d love to do my Honours there.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d453581

Pas­cale Giorgi, Gra­ham Math­win and Re­becca Jensen are tak­ing part in Hatched: Na­tional Grad­u­ate Show, which has given op­por­tu­ni­ties to more than 1000 emerg­ing artists over the past 25 years.

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