VCA ART 2020

Jennifer Higgie

The Mind's Eye

This has been an incredibly difficult choice to make: my list could have been ten times longer. But these works of art moved me with their originality and freshness; they are robust manifestations of myriad imaginations, of artists moving through the world and interpreting it. They reiterate that our planet is replete with materials that can reflect our idiosyncracies, our cultures, our communities and the land we live on. All of them are, to varying degrees, in conversation with art history. All of them communicate delicately with the past as they move into the future.

Ebony Hickey, Adopted, crayon, texta, posca, sharpie, 2020
Nina Sanadze, Terminus, 34min experimental film, 2020
Seth Searle, Plaid Cloth, Fruit and Nanna's Glassware, oil on canvas, 2020
Ashling Martin, Untitled #4, graphite and charcoal on paper, 2020. Documentation by Lucy Foster.
Nelle Rodis, Charcoal Drawing, charcoal on paper, 2020
Nelle Rodis, Charcoal Drawing, charcoal on paper, 2020
Olivia Mròz, Baba, 40 second video loop, 2020

Jennifer Higgie

Jennifer Higgie is an Australian writer who lives in London. Previously the editor of frieze magazine, she is now editor-at-large and the presenter of Bow Down, a podcast about women in art history. She is the author and illustrator of the children’s book There’s Not One; the editor of The Artist’s Joke and author of the novel Bedlam. Her book on women’s self-portraits, The Mirror & The Palette, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in March 2021. She also writes screenplays.

She has been a judge of the Paul Hamlyn Award, the Turner Prize, and a member of the advisory boards of Arts Council England, the British Council Venice Biennale Commission, the Contemporary Art Society, the Imperial War Museum Art Commissions Committee and Tate etc. She is on the judging panel of the John Moore’s Painting Prize 2020.

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