“Stockdale’s compositions beckon with sassy visual come-ons and haughty gestures of defiance, rolled together into tightly articulated tableaus”, Damian Smith.
Jacqui Stockdale is a 1990 graduate from Victorian College of the Arts and a leading contemporary artist renowned for her magical and symbolic images that include theatrical photography, painting, drawing, collage and performance. Her practice engages cultural identity, folklore and the transformative nature of ritual in society. 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, Newcastle Art Gallery, Albury Regional Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Watermill Foundation Collection, USA. Artist Profile Cover. Ian Magazine Vol 8.
An ABC TV documentary about her practice titled ‘Heart’, featuring her hand drawn animations, won Best Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival, 2008. Take a look and listen to a recent Talking with Painters interview by Maria Stoljar, 2018. Jacqui is represented by ThisIsNoFantasy, Melbourne and Olsen, Sydney.
Image of the artist in her backyard by Ilona Nelson, 2017