Exhibition | Jacqui Stockdale – Drawing the Labyrinth | Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

 Jacqui Stockdale Drawing the Labyrinth 2015 Concertina book of ink drawings (detail), Courtesy of the artist and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

Jacqui Stockdale Drawing the Labyrinth 2015
Concertina book of ink drawings (detail), Courtesy of the artist and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

A new exhibition opening at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery next week.

Exhibition Dates: 27 January – 28 February 2016

Jacqui Stockdale’s Drawing the Labyrinth comprises more than one hundred metres of drawings presented in a fold- out concertina sketchbook set out on tables and configured in the form of a labyrinth. This continuous length of drawings reflects the artists’ intimate journey over a twelve month period, variously depicting moments spent travelling across Europe, incorporating a diverse array of portraits such as friends, family members, self-portraits, anonymous people on trains, teenagers in their classrooms, a live band on stage, even a woman giving birth.

Making these sketches Stockdale seeks a direct connection with her subject, often drawing people she has spontaneously approached and invited to sit for her. Her mark making is a free and fluid process – embracing chance and happenstance within the overall composition – the artist comments that ‘like life, you go forward and work with the mistakes’. Stockdale’s labyrinth evokes the unfolding, serendipitous nature of experience and the ways that we share and comprehend existence as a series of intersecting observations and evolving narratives.

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill. VIC 3585Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm,Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm.Open 7 days during Victorian School Holidays.

This is a touring exhibition presented by NETS Victoria. After Swan Hill the exhibition will be at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery (6 March – 29 May 2016); Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum (3 June – 24 July 2016); Hamilton Gallery (12 August – 1 September 2016);Art Space Wodonga (3 October – 5 November 2016).