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Melbourne artist Jacqui Stockdale works across photography, painting, drawing, collage and performance to explore ideas surrounding cultural identity, masquerade and folklore. Raised in Benalla, Victoria, Stockdale graduated from Victorian College of the Arts in 1990 and later gained a graduate diploma from the University of Tasmania. In 2012, she won the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. In 2016, her work featured in Todays/Tomorrow, Cape Town, South Africa followed by the Living Rooms, Louvre, Paris, and Museum Villa Rot, Germany. In 2016, her practice was surveyed at the Benalla Art Gallery and she was invited to show in Magic Object at the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Bowness Prize and the Len Fox Painting the Prize. Her work is represented in significant collections including the NGA, TMAG and Watermill, USA.
‘Through archetypal characters, symbolism and carefully researched theatrical settings, costumes and props including live horses, Stockdale focuses her lense 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