Jade Pegler constructs her soft sculptures from a variety of materials including stained fabrics, thread, yarn and fibres. Her forms invite touch and imply a close relationship to the body; we are tempted to grasp and cuddle them like rudimentary, hand-spun dolls. Strange appendages protrude and loop from their soft shapes, as if reaching for touch or in search of light. Both sinister and endearing, her mute forms are invested with a tactile energy and secretive meaning.
As I entered the exhibition I was not prepared for the extraordinary leap that Jade had made. For there was movement, and the shapes had been invested with an internal dynamic. They were contesting a possibility of life (just) or evidencing a last gasp or drag of limb, torso or form towards cessation. In literary terms it felt we were being transported to somewhere in Dante’s Circles of Hell...
– Peter Fay on The Demonstrables, Wollongong Art Gallery, 2008
Jade Pegler lives and works in Wollongong, NSW. She initially studied visual art at West Wollongong TAFE and later at the University of Wollongong. She has exhibited regularly since 2004 and won first prize in the 2005 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize. She has been included in numerous exhibitions curated by Peter Fay and has presented a solo exhibition and large scale commission at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Pegler’s works have been collected by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, the University of Wollongong and Wollongong Art Gallery as well as private collectors in Australia, the UK, USA and France.