Jacqui Colley’s work talks of the intersection between human activity and nature; she responds to the world around her, meditating on the invisible structures that shape our lives. Her inspiration comes from her physical presence in place, observing activity, connecting with colours, forms, sounds and dynamics of place. Reference points in her work are demarcated between information and the obscure - the painting process itself shaping her work; an intuitive process of experimentation and response.
Colley’s work has been shown in New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa and Australia. She’s had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. This year, 2016, she has had a solo show at Pataka Art + Museum and participated in 47 degrees South, a residency on Stewart Island resulting in a national touring show. Her work was also included in Experimentelle 19, a bienannale taking place in five European locations, the sole New Zealand artist selected among 70 invited international artists. In November this year she will show Bloom, paintings inspired by algae blooms in waterways and oceans, a development of themes explored on her Stewart Island residency.