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Imagination is something that everyone
is born with. As children we are bursting
with it, creating friends, adventures and
entire worlds out of nothing without giving
it a second thought.
As we grow older, we use our imaginations
a little less -- that sense of wonder and
creativity doesn t come to us as easily. But
Australian artist Emma Anna is on a mission
to inspire a people around the world to inject
a little more imagination into their everyday
lives, through her travelling art installation
"Initially IMAG_NE was inspired by
my desire to escape my o ce job," Anna
"I made a small collage using photocopied
Scrabble letters and posted it above my desk
as motivation to nd a way to escape the
rat race. e missing I was, for me, like a
doorway into a more creative future."
Anna then turned her little source of
inspiration into a larger than life Scrabble
tile sculpture, which debuted at Sydney s
Sculptures by the Sea in 2008. Since then
it has travelled to a number of countries
across the globe, where it has been a source
of intrigue for visitors from all walks of
life. People everywhere have been quick to
interact with the work by sitting or standing
in place of the I and sharing photos on
" e concept of imagine... is a universal
one, and always interpreted as a positive,"
"I love the fact that people choose to
engage with the work physically by placing
themselves in the space of the missing piece.
"In the same way that I used my collage
as a motivation, which has now become a
personal mantra, I hope people will refer
back to the images they take of themselves
with the work and use this to inspire positive
change in their own lives."
IMAG_NE has now arrived at the National
Library of Australia in Canberra, where it
will be on display until October, 2015.
"Each new location where IMAG_NE
appears adds another chapter to the story of
the work," Anna says.
"All the hard behind-the-scenes work
that I am engaged with to keep this project
rolling from place to place is worth it when
I see the public s engagement, and how it
has provided them with a moment of poetic
sanctuary in the midst of the grind of the
"Imagination is something inherent to
humanity, it s something that can never be
taken away from us and its power really can
change the world."
Check it out
Where: National Library of Australia
When: Until October
Words by AMELIA DALE
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