Stella Corkery’s art practice is activated by feminism. Interpretations of the past and ideas surrounding New Feminisms are the drivers that decide her responses to painting. Within her methodology Stella tends to bypass preparatory devices such as drawing and creates the 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 – for example post-punk and free jazz. The result is work that often appears to be traversing the non-linear yet still operates within conceptually unified systems. Corkery also works outside of visual mediums playing experimental music as a solo project and as part of the duo White Saucer.
Stella Corkery was born in Tuatapere, New Zealand in 1960, graduating from Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA Honours (first class) 2012, and MFA (first class) 2013. Recent exhibitions include You Had Fun Experience, George Fraser Gallery 2019, I’ve seen Sunny Days, Goya Curtain 2018, Theme for A Science Fiction Vampire, Michael Lett 2017, Necessary Distraction: a painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki 2015 and Underfloor Heating, Gloria Knight 2014.
Stella currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.