“I have been investigating gesture; trying to ‘nail gesture’ rather than illustrate the subject. Francis Bacon said it best; ‘the sensation without the boredom of its conveyance.’ This is both an elusive and exciting idea that I have been playing with for a few years. The scintillating state of suspension where you are able to access a space in your subconscious, a space where your gestures are made by instinct. This is a space not quantified by time, it’s a state I can access at times readily and other times with greater effort and preparation; it will be a life-long pursuit and as I mature as an artist, I am looking forward to it.”
2004 Honours Painting & Drawing Arts Academy University of Ballarat
2003 Bachelor of Visual Art (Fine Art) Arts Academy University of Ballarat
1986 Bachelor of Education, Monash University
1984 Diploma of Fine Arts and Ceramics University of Ballarat
Margie creates abstract works on linen where she explores ‘the gesture’. She works quickly in oils, acrylics, charcoal and conte stick.
Her inspirations are varied. She is very connected to the earth and its moods, whether it’s taking inspiration from the microscopic world that inhabits the waterways and our natural surroundings, or the sounds and conversations of birds, or the changing seasons – it’s all fodder for her drawings.
Recently COVID has brought more introspection and the themes of home life, empty nesting and relationships with her four children feature in this body of work. They are filled with the objects and symbols of her everyday life, tiny shapes anthropomorphised and imbued with joy.
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