Out from the Mist – Short Movie Winner

aqua watercolour birds flying over a page of black and white line drawings of a girl with her arms stretched out, under a tree

I feel honoured to win the Australia Asia Film Group Prize in the Out from the Mist Short Movie category.

My work Setting Free Anxiety Like a Fistful of Birds can be viewed below and will be screened on AusAsia TV online.

The Out from the Mist (Representations of Mental Health) exhibition at Superordinary in Brisbane will be open from 11-15 October from 10 am to 2 pm each day during Mental Health Week 2021.

a photo of Anna holding a swirly trophy
Photo by Alan Jacobson

MoB’s Artists @ Home Residency – Week Two

a self-portrait line drawing of Anna sitting on the floor of her studio, writing, with art materials around her on a circular rug.

Below is my week two work-in-progress from my video poem ‘Why is this Passover Night Different?’, as part of MoB’s Artists @ Home Residency. I was inspired by the experience of cooking matzah balls with my Mum this year.

To create this animation, I used digital collage techniques. I cut out the matzah ball shape from my photograph of my family’s matzah ball dish in Photoshop using the ‘lasso’ tool. I then created the matzah ball animation, with each matzah ball on a different Photoshop layer. I moved each matzah ball over a sequence of twelve images to replicate the process of cooking matzah balls in the special pot.

My mother’s Matzah Balls cooking in special pots (this photograph was my inspiration)
Matzah Ball Soup! Delicious. This is my photograph from our family Passover Seder

Stay tuned for next week’s update!

MoB’s Artists @ Home Residency – Week One

a self-portrait line drawing of Anna sitting on the floor of her studio, writing, with art materials around her on a circular rug.

Welcome to my week one update! Below is an animation-sketch from the opening of my video poem, ‘Festive Meal’, which I am creating thanks to MoB’s Artists @ Home Residency. This looped sequence contains seventeen drawings!

Usually I would peel twenty eggs for the Passover meal; one egg for each person. As we couldn’t celebrate Passover with our extended family during Covid-19, this year there were only four eggs to peel (one for me, my brother, mother and father). Traditionally, each egg is chopped into a small bowl of salt water, and is the first course of the meal. By visually sharing my experience of ‘peeling eggs’ for Passover, I hope to set the scene for the rest of my video poem ‘Festive Meal’, which will capture my experience of having Passover at home.

I look forward to sharing more of my inspirations, updates, and work-in-progress samples next week!

Optica12

a projection of a landscape onto a house painted completely white

My video work ‘Travelling House’ is installed in the shop front windows of the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane, during the month of October 2011 and was selected as part of Optica12. ‘Travelling House’ features footage from my travels in 2010 superimposed over an old house in Brisbane. Themes of the journey and diaspora are explored.

Feel free to wander by and have a look. Optica12 was curated by Synoptik.

Doll Awakenings Exhibition at QCP

an old doll against a wall that is peeling with paint

You are warmly invited to celebrate the opening of my Doll Awakenings exhibition at the Queensland Centre for Photography where I am showing some video works.

Exhibiting artists: ‘Doll Awakenings’ by Anna Jacobson, ‘Birds’ by Marian Drew, ‘Natural Progression’ by Paul McCann, ‘123 Days’ by Adrianne Hayward and Aaron Burton and ‘Under Currents’ by Lindy Wissler.

28 Feb – 29 March 2009

Opening Saturday February 28th, 6-8pm / Queensland Centre for Photography

(Corner of Cordelia and Russell Street, South Brisbane)