Born 1960, Tuatapere (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)
Interpretations of the past and ideas surrounding new feminisms act as drivers for Stella Corkery’s practice, informing her responses to paint and painting. Corkery tends to bypass preparatory devices such as drawing in order to create work with some immediacy, directly on to the canvas, improvising and problem-solving in situ. References within her work can stretch across art history, contemporary art, popular culture and musical influences such as post-punk and free jazz. The result is bodies of work that often appear to belong to disparate systems, yet still operate within a conceptually unified programme. Corkery also works outside of visual mediums playing experimental music as a solo project and as part of the duo White Saucer.
Corkery graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2012, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2013. In 2015 her work was included in a major exhibition of contemporary New Zealand painting, Necessary Distraction: A painting show at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Solo exhibitions include Year of the Head, Olga, Dunedin (2020) Paradises, Michael Lett, Auckland (2020); I’ve Seen Sunny Days, Goya Curtain, Tokyo (2018) and Keep Smiling the Boss Loves Idiots, Poppy’s Gallery, New York City (2016).