As an artist I have created paintings, installations and more recently mobiles. When I make a mobile or an installation, each element is ‘pushed’ to the point where it is most unstable, and most beautiful. Only when the elements have reached their ‘tipping point’ does the artwork take on a kind of magic - a sense of effortless levitation in space.
I use materials such as fine wire, feathers and translucent papers, so that although the works are quite robust, they carry a sense of the poetry of impermanence.
To me there is something magical about movement. I have always been transfixed by movement, especially the gentle movement of delicate forms in space.
My inspiration often comes from my environment – from the natural world – the sea or a river. For example the “tippint point” mobiles are inspired by Mallacoota - a wild, rugged wilderness where the bush meets the sea, and rivers flow black with tannin into a lake that holds its breath, then bursts out into the sea. - Jade Oakley artist statement 2009.
Jade has held successful solo exhibitions in Australian Galleries in 2009, Mori Gallery in 2007, and Bondi Pavilion in 2007. Her group exhibitions include ‘A Return to Spirit’ in Clifton School of Arts in 2009 and ‘Sound Waves’ for Noosa Regional Gallery in 2001.
Commissions include ‘Canopy’, a large outdoor mobile for Concord Centre for Mental Health (2008) and ‘Angel Tree’ mobiles for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (2008).
Jade has been Artist in Residence at Bundanon Artist’s Centre (2000), Noosa Regional Gallery (2001),Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont, USA (2001) and Bondi Public School (2006)
Represented By: Australian Galleries, Sydney