“Stockdale’s compositions beckon with sassy visual come-ons and haughty gestures of defiance, rolled together into tightly articulated tableaux”, Damian Smith.
“Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Stockdale works across photography, drawing, painting, collage and performance to explore the oft disparate and overlooked histories of Australia. Through archetypal characters, symbolism and carefully researched theatrical settings, costumes, props and live animals, Stockdale focusses her lens on the female narratives of the past in the hope of shedding some light on the fraught issues of Australia as a nation in the present”, Nur Shkembi
Raised in Benalla, Victoria, Stockdale graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 1990 and later gained a graduate diploma in video art from the University of Tasmania. In 2012, she won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. In 2014, her work featured in the Louvre, Paris, and Museum Villa Rot, Germany. In 2016, her paintings, collages, photographs and drawings were surveyed in Familija at the Benalla Art Gallery. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Bowness Prize and the Len Fox painting Award. In 2018 the Blake Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. In 2016 Stockdale featured in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object, followed by a major survey exhibition, Familija at the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria. International exhibitions include Todays/Tomorrow, Cape Town, South Africa, Living Rooms, at the Louvre Museum, Paris; Alle Masquerade, Museum Villa Rot, Germany; Volta, Switzerland; and Wonderworks, Hong Kong. In 2012 Stockdale won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
Her work is held in permanent collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Watermill Foundation Collection, USA. Directed by Amos Gebheardt, an ABC TV documentary about her practice titled ‘Heart’, featuring her hand drawn animations, won Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival, 2008. Talking with Painters interview by Maria Stoljar, 2018.
Jacqui Stockdale is represented by Olsen in Sydney.