Duende by Jolene Mackie


Mackie’s large-scale wall drawing has an extraordinary presence, depicting tempests of ocean, wind, and seafaring vessel. The artist’s imagery appears on both the wall and the containing glass, giving the illustration even more dimension.

The drawing installation is inspired by the humbling qualities of what Mackie likes to think of as the vast unknowns – the sea and the sky. Everything on Earth is composed of stardust – from our human bodies, to the air we breathe and water we drink. In creating a temporary installation in this window space, Mackie is exploring connections between our selves, our world, and our universe – at this very moment.

Duende is a Hispanic word meaning passion, inspiration, and spirit, which are values that the artist holds as fundamental.

The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art welcomes you to visit our space between January 31 and March 15 to view the exhibition. Please join us for a reception and artist talk on Saturday, February 15 at 3pm; the reception will be shared with an opening and artist talk by Ella Morton for her exhibition, Geotrope. All events will take place at The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and are free to the public.