Jessie Stanley lives and works in Central Victoria, and is a candidate in the Masters of Arts, Art in Public Space at RMIT University. She is the recipient of the Besen Emerging Artist Mentorship with Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016, and is Artist in Residence for the upcoming Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial 2018 at Kyneton Botanic Gardens..
Stanley’s background in graphic design informs her culturally engaged practice, which embraces the congruence of graphic design and visual art as platforms for sharing ideas and creating social connections. Upon completing a Bachelor of Visual Communication with First Class Honors at Monash University in 2001, Stanley undertook an internship at Fabrica in Italy in 2002; and then established Foundry (2003-2012): a design studio focusing on cultural projects, exhibitions, installations and boutique paper ephemera. Her design/visual art projects have received international recognition; awards include the Type Directors Club of New York, Premiers Design Awards, and Australian Graphic Design Association, and have been exhibited internationally.
As her practice has evolved into visual art, Stanley has exhibited in solo exhibitions including ‘Everything is From Nothing’, Stockroom Gallery 2011; group exhibitions including ‘The View From Here’, Anita Traverso Gallery 2015; was a finalist in Banyule Works on Paper Awards 2015; and created the large scale site specific installation ‘The Distance Between You and Me’ for Castlemaine State Festival 2015. Recent works include projections for White Night 2017, and Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017. Her illuminated sculpture ‘Spectrum’ commissioned by RMIT for New Academic Street will be unveiled in September 2017.