Jacqui Stockdale is a Melbourne based artist who works in photography, painting, drawing and collage to explore issues surrounding cultural identity and Australian folklore.
Familija will present work from across the artist’s career, traversing her personal cartography of indigenous cultures and the carnivalesque.
Using masks, costumes and objects collected from her travels, Stockdale creates theatrical scenes that are layered with cultural and historical references. Her compelling photographic portraits combine photography and painting, playfully mimicking the genre of exotic postcards where subjects are depicted within a fictional landscape.
Her latest series draws on the nineteenth century Australian folk narratives surrounding Ned Kelly and expresses the artist’s fascination with colonial mythology. The life size portraits depict living subjects, including Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins, in front of iconic ‘Kelly country’ landscapes, such as Stringy Bark Creek and Power’s Lookout in the King Valley, Victoria. Stockdale’s hand-painted landscapes form the backdrops to the works and will feature as part of the exhibition.
Image: Jacqui Stockdale, The Offering 2016, C type print