As an artist I have created paintings, installations and more recently mobiles. When I make a mobile or an installation, each element is â€˜pushedâ€™ to the point where it is most unstable, and most beautiful. Only when the elements have reached their â€˜tipping pointâ€™ 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 â€“ from the natural world â€“ the sea or a river. For example the tippint pointâ€ 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 â€˜A Return to Spiritâ€™ in Clifton School of Arts in 2009 and â€˜Sound Wavesâ€™ for Noosa Regional Gallery in 2001.
Commissions include â€˜Canopyâ€™, a large outdoor mobile for Concord Centre for Mental Health (2008) and â€˜Angel Treeâ€™ mobiles for Sydney Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Randwick (2008).
Jade has been Artist in Residence at Bundanon Artistâ€™s Centre (2000), Noosa Regional Gallery (2001),Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont, USA (2001) and Bondi Public School (2006)
Represented By: Australian Galleries, Sydney