Caloundra Regional Gallery
April 5 – May 26
Our notorious soprano Margaret Ellen Turner is exhibiting 20 paintings, a series five years in the making, in Painting Space, at Caloundra Regional Gallery, opening Friday 5th April.
Margaret started her art career as a sculptor in Sydney in the late ‘70’s but somehow over the years began painting, all the while maintaining her fascination with three dimensions and other sculptural themes. In the current work, which emerged following time sketching the escarpments and gorges of the Macdonnell Ranges, near Alice Springs, she brings to the gallery walls ‘that wordless, visceral, even overpowering, encounter with Australia’s ancient and uncompromising landscapes’.
Turner can spend up to ten months on an individual painting, patiently building up layer upon layer of mark-making and colour to arrive at an outcome she did not expect. “I just start on the journey with a series of marks and colour on canvas and no expectations. Then I follow along, allowing the serendipity of process to guide me and making decisions of ‘where to next’ as each layer dries. The work will tell me when it’s done, often quite unexpectedly. One morning I will arrive in the studio and there is a work on the wall saying ‘I am done’
“Well I can’t argue with that! Though sometimes I do. For example when I took a painting out of storage to photograph, I noticed that it needed more strings to the waterfall. So it wasn’t quite finished after all. Actually a painting is never finished until the deadline cuts off the process.”
Don’t miss Gallery 3 in which the artist has compiled videos, artifacts, photographs and notes from their own “painting space” to deepen your experience of this exhibition.
Painting Space also showcases the work of early-career artists Carley Cornellisen, late of Diamond Valley, Robyn Shaw, late of Glass House and Alison Mooney who lives in Tewantin.
Opening Night 5th April is at 6pm. Good food available and a pay bar most likely.
I’d love to see you there.
Margaret Ellen Turner in her studio with a painting in progress, Remembering Ruby Gap #677.