Robyn Stacey (AU)
Image: Robyn Stacey, Geoff Kleem’s Studio, Parramatta Road, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery.
Robyn Stacey has been creating spectacular and sumptuous photographic images since the mid1980s. Whether breathing new life into historical collections or bringing our gaze to contemporary society, her work invites us to imaginatively journey into the private worlds of other people. Since 2013, she has been transforming entire rooms into walk-in camera obscuras. Masking windows to leave just a ray of light, as if by magic, the view outside spreads over the room’s interiors, but upside down and in reverse. Her more recent works continue her exploration of light in minimal studies of rich colour and tonal variation which embody the complete etymology of the word ‘photography’—‘drawing with light’. Stacey has presented work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, recently including Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2020, Flowers. Passion. Pain. Nation at the David Roche Foundation Gallery, Adelaide, 2020, Nothing to see here, at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2019, Ray of Light at the Art Gallery of South Australia (2018, touring to regional art centres around South Australia until 2020), As Still as Life at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2018-19, touring 2020-2021), Magic Object: The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2016, and Robyn Stacey: Cloud Land at the Museum of Brisbane, 2015. She has been the recipient of major awards, grants and residencies and her work is held in most public institutions around Australia.