SHOWING 13 November 2014 - 20 February 2015
Whilst a number of male writers have traced the desert as their fictional literary dominion in recent years, a number of women artists based in Alice Springs – of whom Neridah Stockley is a contemporary exemplar – are painting it as they see and experience it. A graduate of the National Art School, East Sydney, Stockley relocated from NSW in 2001, initially to Darwin and then Alice Springs – her home and ‘base camp’ for extensive painting expeditions for more than a decade. Her commitment to painting landscape en plein air – a genre rarely broached in such a pure, unselfconscious way by non-Indigenous artists residing in the Northern Territory – is predominantly on a small scale, challenging the overriding assumption that a ‘big country’ requires ‘big pictures’ – or for that matter, big stories. This is Stockley’s first major retrospective exhibition and features an extensive body of paintings, drawings, collages and prints by a celebrated Central Australian artist known fondly as the ‘Clarice Beckett of Alice Springs’. Exhibition runs until 20 February 2015.
- Read CDU Head of School of Creative Arts & Humanities Professor Brian Mooney's Opening Night speech (PDF 413KB)
- View opening night web gallery
- View exhibition online
Banner image: Neridah Stockley, Hills near Ross River 2011 [detail], acrylic and gouache on Canson paper, 31.9 x 31.9cm [image]; 33.9 x 34cm [paper], Charles Darwin University Art Collection
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