Stokes lives by the ocean and draws from her deep connection to this landscape. Her works purposefully wrestle with ambiguous ground; between the Romantic lineage of landscape representation and Modernist Abstraction, while also challenging contemporary notions between drawing and painting.
Playing with notions of space, Stokes fuses ambiguous islands of floating colour punctuated by lyrical markmaking pulling from an eclectic blend of parallel atmospheric geographies, memories and experiences.
The works present as residues of lived encounter; documentations to sensory grabbing as one moves through a landscape inviting the viewer to embark on an immersive encounter into landscapes which universally bind us; connecting and intertwining with stored experiences from the recesses of memory.
The canvas becomes a filter through which light, space and mark, hover and suspend, reflecting nature’s intensity; pause and fractured moments targeting the felt vibrations of a journey. The landscape becomes about sensory experiences lived through the body rather than the singular framed view.