Born 1960, Tuatapere (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)
Redefining the previous critical lives of painting together with ideas surrounding feminisms act as drivers for Stella Corkery’s practice. References within her work can stretch across art history, contemporary art, popular culture and musical influences such as post-punk and improvised sound. The result is bodies of work that often appear to belong to disparate systems, yet still operate within a conceptually unified program. Experimental musical projects including solo work and as part of the duo White Saucer maintain a direct line to her visual practice.
Corkery is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Massey University College of Creative Arts. Previously she graduated from the 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).