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Top marks for artist's winning works


31 January 2013

Jenny Ihn, 'Magnolia Tears', 2011. Water, dry ground pigment and watercolour on watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm.
Jenny Ihn, 'Magnolia Tears', 2011. Water, dry ground pigment and watercolour on watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm.

Works by Jenny Ihn, a postgraduate student at the Sydney College of the Arts, are now on display in a coveted exhibition space at one of Sydney's leading galleries after she took out a prestigious prize at the SCA's end-of-year degree show.

The annual Dominik Mersch Gallery Award is a collaboration with the Sydney College of the Arts and is now in its fifth year. As part of the award the gallery provides exhibition space to show one or more artists from Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts faculty of the University of Sydney.

Jenny, the award's 2013 recipient, was selected from the SCA's annual end-of-year Postgraduate Degree Show. Past recipients include Lucas Davidson, Tom Jefferson, Locust Jones, Andrew Newman and Kevin Platt.

"Offering an exhibition space to show their works is the best way to support young and promising artists. According to best practice in Europe and the USA, such awards are very important to give young artists a head start," said Dominik Mersch.

The Dean and Director of SCA, Professor Colin Rhodes, said: "This is a great collaboration between one of Sydney's top contemporary art galleries and the country's top art school. It gives an opportunity for one of our best to reach a wide and appreciative audience."

Jenny Ihn is an emerging artist based in Sydney and completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Sydney College of the Arts. Her series titled Dust, a collection of works on paper made between 2011 and 2012, will be on display at the Dominik Mersch Gallery until Wednesday 6 March 2013.

Dust explores human marks representing life in the material world. Faint traces of water combined with the gestural play of pigments reflect poignant moments in time which are only experienced fleetingly, but captured by Ihn through a mark left on the surface of the paper.

Ihn said winning the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award was an unexpected gift. "It was a strong affirmation of what I had researched and explored in my own practice through the Masters of Fine Arts degree at Sydney College of the Arts. On a personal level, to know that my works spoke to someone in this way is a priceless affirmation of where I am at as an artist."


Event details

What: Dust, works on paper by Jenny Ihn

When: Until Wednesday 6 March

Where: Dominik Mersch Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo, Sydney 


Jenny Ihn, 'Mother Song', 2012. Water and dry seashell pigment on watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm.
Jenny Ihn, 'Mother Song', 2012. Water and dry seashell pigment on watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm.

 


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