TJ Boulting is delighted to present the gallery’s third solo show with Stephanie Quayle. Jenga comprises her large-scale installation, which was first commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of the group exhibition Vita Vitale, curated by Artwise for the Azerbaijan Pavilion.
The theme of the pavilion asked artists to explore the human impact on the natural world and the future preservation and sustainability of the planet’s environment and ecosystem. Stephanie Quayle has long been fascinated with the animal form, and creates expressive life-size sculptures fired in clay that capture the movement and character of the creature, from imposing elephants to mischievous monkeys. Her fascination also encompasses a passion for nature and a concern for the future of many of the endangered species that she depicts.
For this commission she responded with her most ambitious work to date, a giant ‘jenga’ installation with over forty monkeys of various shapes and sizes, perched atop the stacked wooden structure.