This is a recreation of Margaret Olley's studio and some elements of her home. Its a great experience, even if you're not a big fan of her work.
After Margaret Olley's passing in July 2011, an estimated 6,000-10,000 items were recorded, documented and removed from her house in Duxford Street in Sydney, and then installed into the Tweed Regional Gallery as a vision of how Margaret's house and studio looked. But its not just how it looks, it also has a smell, a feeling, a light that makes you sense Margaret's presence.
Its a fascinating look into her world of art and collecting, how 'stuff' and belongings accumulated over a lifetime say something about a person. A reflection on self.
I just wish my 'stuff' in my studio would one day be appreciated like Margaret's is!
|Margaret's Kitchen. I loved how her art materials|
spread into her kitchen, mingling with the spices
and oil bottles.
|Looking into her lounge, across her dining area, and|
her painting chair.
No purpose-built studio, her house was the studio.
|My Craig looking through one of the 'windows'|
|They have doorways you can look through into her 'house',|
so you feel like you are really in the space not an art gallery.
|Where the gallery meets Margaret's house...|
|One of Margaret's painting palettes. Oil paint in sculptural lumps,|
one wonders how she painted so well!