Stokes practice has been informed through a life living by water; a place of shifting boundaries; a parallel shared in historical icon, Claude Monet.
This exhibition of expanded format painting and drawing explores acts of re-tracing and re- membering landscape; as sites of private territories and lived encounter. In 2014 Wendy Stokes was awarded a Cites Internationale des Arts residency in Paris, (UNSW Art & Design); to undertake a study of Claude Monet's Nymphéas in the Musee de la Orangerie, his relatively unknown sketchbooks and the infamous water garden at Giverny. For Stokes, walking and drawing in landscape becomes a way of seeing, feeling or 'knowing' a landscape. Unlike Monet's heavily worked paintings Stokes has relied predominantly on the direct lived encounter and immediacy of drawing to reflect upon this landscape of mutable boundaries; creating works through which air, light, space and mark hover and suspend. The exhibition invites the viewer to complete their own experience of landscape and ones participation in it.