Margaret Worthington’s artistic journey in the new CQ exhibition
A spiritual artistic journey spanning more than 40 years on land, sea and air has shaped Margaret Worthington’s latest art exhibition to be unveiled on CQ University’s Gladstone campus.
Paintings and sculptures that capture color and illustrate the brilliance of the Australian continent and culture are featured in Margaret Worthington’s “Land, Air, Sand, Sea, Spirit”. 40 Years Exhibition in Queensland ”.
She moved to Calliope from South Africa in the mid-1970s and found her talents and sensitivity inspired by the beauty of the region’s vast and varied landscape and oceans.
The environment has always been an important source of inspiration for his art.
“I met Clive in South Africa and we sailed for several years on a yacht,” she said.
“We used to live around coral reefs and always snorkel around them.
“Here I have been to Heron Island and the Great Barrier Reef, volunteering for a wide variety of projects, like tagging manta rays.”
Drawing on the natural colors of the surroundings, the exhibition showcases a range of personal favorite works over the years.
“I love the ocean and the colors, the turquoise and the greens and the deep blues and the colors of the fish,” she said.
“It got me wanting to know more about it, so I’m talking to scientists.
“I actually do a lot of research when creating my art.
“But I also like the outback.”
During her time in the Gladstone area, she created dozens of watercolors, sculptures and prints, with 38 pieces featured in the CQ University art collection.
“It was in 2019 that (CQ Uni Art Collection Manager) Sue Smith contacted me to organize an exhibition of my works,” she said.
“Sue had been following my work for many years.
“I had kept a record of all my exhibits over the years and Sue took it and was able to weave it all together.
Margaret’s works and a few metal sculptures by her partner Clive Rouse are featured at CQ Uni’s Center for Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research and she had even taught drawing and sculpture classes to budding artists at CQ Uni in the past. .
His passion will be fully displayed in the Leo Zussino building on the Marina campus, with over 60 watercolors and acrylic paintings, sculptures in aluminum and fiberglass, and installations of watercolors and sculptures with videos and photographs. projected.
A book the size of a coffee table was also created to showcase his art.
“Having seen this exhibition organized, I realized while looking at my work, that I have a lot of choice in what to do next,” she said.
“I could either go outback or head to Curtis Island and create some new work.”
When asked if she had a favorite work of the past four decades, she said the exhibit would encompass her personal treasures.
“I like to work in series and a lot of what will be in the exhibition are works that I have kept for myself – what you will see are my personal treasures,” she said.
The exhibition will run from May 7 to June 4.
A commemorative book is available at the CQ Uni bookstore.