Jacqui Stockdale’s compelling photographic portraits reflect her ongoing fascination with history, folklore and cultural identity. The fanciful subjects she creates are at once comical, grotesque and beautiful. Dressed in costumes and masks she has collected on her travels, her hybrid characters are layered with cross-cultural and personal references.
‘Otherworldly creatures of an unknown mythology, are retrieved from the time capsule of their secret space, and are brought forth by Stockdale as archetypal figments of our hidden needs and unfocused wants. They are a scrambling of desires, held just for a moment in the stillness of the shutter speed.’ (Emily Cormack, 2014)