Mind Drawing by Jenni L Ivins

Importing What We Used to Grow

I took hundreds of photos as I created this Mind Drawing in response to our food imports outweighing our food exports in 2010. I used these photos as assets for creating an animation documenting the drawing.

The animation was projected in the stairwell art space at Brunswick Street Gallery for the two weeks prior to my first solo exhibition (2013 Mind Drawing exhibition at BSG). The two dimensional ink drawing was hung in the exhibition with 52 other Mind Drawings produced in the preceding twelve months.

I coloured the drawing with watercolours and entered it in the 2013 Ron Rado Exhibition. I was awarded the $250 Ron Rado/Fulton Hogan Encouragement Award (granted to a Chisholm Arts student for a work that most shows promise, created that year).

During April and May 2014 the drawing hung in my Mind Drawing exhibition at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. In February 2015 Importing What We Used to Grow was exhibited in the Casey Civic Centre Art Space, to great acclaim. (Referred to in the support letter by Tania Smith, City of Casey Arts Programming Officer.) Both the animation and the 2d Mind Drawing will appear in the City of Casey’s new digital art space later in the year.

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