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Amber Stokie

Amber Stokie uses innovative ways of painting to communicate the richness and unpredictable nature of contemporary life and life experienced as a triplet. To structure her works Stokie uses a variety of techniques that include employing both hands and multiple brushes simultaneously to create paintings loaded with gestural marks that interact; collide, combine, pull apart and unite. This technique and the physical act of painting mimics the movement of an orchestra conductor, therefore Stokie sees music as an important element in her work which helps her to step into the emotional space required to realise the entire painting. Stokie enjoys moving between abstract expressionism and figuration in her paintings, believing both are helpful in conceptualising her work.

 

As a triplet Stokie has experienced life as a “we” more than an “I” which is the catalyst for her ongoing interest in human collective experience and emotion and provides a starting point for her to reflect on life’s complexity in general. Her works are often imbued with her own identity and struggle to achieve individuation. She considers her own identity as a grouped one which explains the sensation of never being alone and always existing alongside, and considering others. 

 

Currently located in Adelaide, Stokie holds a BA in Visual Art (drawing) from the University of Ballarat and recently completed a Master of Fine Art degree with Distinction at RMIT University, Melbourne. Stokie has been exhibiting regularly in group and solo exhibitions since 2009. From 2006 to 2009 she established and curated regular exhibitions at Artasis Gallery (ARI) in Richmond. Throughout this period, she also completed several private and corporate commissions and participated in live painting performances at venues that included the National Gallery of Victoria and Chapter House in Melbourne, Vic. She has been a finalist in the Williamstown, Stanthorpe and Blacktown prizes and has won “people’s choice” at AGENDO emerging art award. In 2016 she was recipient of the ADFAS Young Artist Award for her RMIT MFA work, the next year she successfully applied for a solo exhibition at the Wodonga Public Art Gallery. Stokie has been awarded multiple grants for her work from both Council and RMIT University. In 2019 she was commissioned to perform a key work “Are You An Artist Too” from her Masters studies at the 2019 Montsalvat Arts Centre in Melbourne.

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