Jacquelyn Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens

  • Biography

    Jacquelyn Stephens is a Melbourne artist who has been exhibiting my paintings for over 25 years since completing a BFA in Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Many of the key themes in her work have been informed by her interest in water, nature, science, environmental issues and the domain of medicine. Her paintings resemble all things microscopic, sub-atomic and aquatic and are strongly inspired by the coastal waters, and what inhabits them, around Southern Victoria.

    These paintings are from an ongoing series of Stephens work inspired by all things coastal, the beauty of miniscule sea-life forms and her interest in light and the innate glow of living things, in particular algae, seaweeds, bioluminescent organisms and snippets of shoreline topography. She explores the delicate forms in all these things on a microscopic and macroscopic scale and abstracts miniature patterns of life, cellular and molecular formations, enlarging them into paintings where illusionary forms gather and float in fields of deep space.

    More recently it has become important for Stephens to make paintings that talk about the current wellness of our oceans and waterways. She has started adding tiny fragments of plastic, sourced from years of beach combing to the paintings. These tiny plastic bits were destined to become Nano-plastics and do horrendous damage in our eco-systems. Sometimes, she is using these remnants of plastic, moulded and faded by the sea, as a formal colour device and sometimes as a barely visible trace. So, you have to look for them, just like she does on the beach. They are well camouflaged, just like in our oceans and environment. It is the notion of the plastic being there (visible or not) that is important.

    Ultimately the paintings are about our sense of awe and wonder at the miraculous building blocks of life and water. The hope is that the paintings trigger a contemplative experience for the viewer as well as reminding us of the beauty in, and of our important relationship and responsibility to, the fragile natural world.

  • Website

    http://www.jacquelynstephens.com.au

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Jacquelyn Stephens

The Slow Way Home II
54 x 54 cm Acrylic on cotton canvas, raw oak floating frame $1,300.00Sold

Jacquelyn Stephens

Bio-Cluster Bloom III
79 x 79 cm Acrylic & Oil Paint on Canvas $1,400.00