Jacqueline Spencer-Macleod

Jacqueline Spencer-Macleod describes herself as a portraitist of the Sublime Femme. Spencer-Macleod is an artist whose central concerns are female figuration, portraiture in national identity and belonging, the collective and individual strength, through empowerment and representation of the New Zealand Feminine.

Individual and collective empowerment for women is her motivation. Through fresh re-interpretation of what constitutes the femme, Spencer-Macleod highlights the tension and disparity between the failed, imagined ideals of historic femininity and what is presently real.