Wendy Stokes


I have lived for many years on the edge of the ocean: this edge, the fluid space and the myriad shifts of change and residue have for me, become translated into a mutable silent language.

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 12 October 2010 to Saturday 30 October 2010
Launch Thursday 14 October 2010, 6 TO 8PM

Resilient Offerings I image Resilient Offerings II image Silent Archetype image Shift in Time image Resilient Offerings III image Fragment image Sprout image Marked in Time image Marked in Time II image Bleached Memory I image Bleached Memory II image Fragments of Memory I image Fragments of Memory II image Fragments of Memory III image Silent Whisper image Silent Shift I image Silent Shift II image Whispered Notes I image Whispered Notes II image Whispered Notes III image

Published by anonymous on Monday 26 July 2010.
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Working simultaneously has been the idea which emerged during an experience last year, in the dry heat of summer, when I returned to the area of my early childhood: a rural property in central western New South Wales. It had long been abandoned and the home demolished by fire years ago, but what remained was the vestiges of my mother’s hard-won rambling garden.

In the silence of the heat I stood pondering the footprint and histories that we construct, and the remnants which remain; a red bud persevered through the entangled growth. This image has remained with me as something of a metaphor for resilience and strength.

As an active participant and witness of the dynamic coastal fringe environments, the watery spaces and the cyclical shifts of seasons, my work has evolved in an organic manner: creating compositions with washes; painting out spaces and incising intuitive notations. There is still a structuring of space and utilising the negative space of the canvas as in my previous work. The colour, red, has re- emerged in the work after lying dormant for a period of time. The freshness and intimacy of the mark is retained and the untouched ground forms an integral part of building the relationships to develop my dialogue.

The work hopefully will engage through contradictions exploring shifting relationships and visual oppositions of fragility, strength, simplicity, complexity, erasure and resilience.

Wendy Stokes
March 2010

A professional artist since 1980 Wendy has exhibited widely, throughout Australia and internationally, including Montreal, Seoul, Hong Kong and New York. Wendy is well represented in Australian public galleries and museums, and corporate collections inclusive of the National Australia Bank, AMP, Lend Lease Development, Elders Group, Price Waterhouse, ANZ Bank, Jones Lang Wootton, Qantas and the Australian Wheat Board. Wendy has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious art prizes and in this year alone, Wendy has been a finalist in the Glover Prize, the Alice Springs Art Prize, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA), and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA).