2 September - 5 November 2017
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays
Mazie Karen Turner was a highly respected artist based in Newcastle whose innovative practice moved from photography (including documentary images, blueprints and collage) to sculpture and painting. Her abstract paintings explore the dynamism of colour and reflect both highly studied techniques and acute intuitive skills.
These artworks show Turner as an artist whose passion for colour was a journey through abstraction and also an exploration of the spiritual.
As she wrote in 2014: "My passion for colour grows from a lifelong spiritual search for the unknowable. How do we perceive the visual in a world filled with the mind? Our eyes engage with what they find intimately and deeply, and we feel what and how we see."
This exhibition from her extensive archive has been developed in partnership with Mazie's three children and their father Richard Tipping. It explores the rich and broad reach of Turner's practice, her skills as a multi-disciplinary artist and her deep interests in politics, spirituality, social awareness and feminism.
The exhibition follows the path of the geography, travels and movement of Turner's art practice through various settings and countries. This includes photography in country towns and Papunya in the early 1980s; the large cloth blueprints of the 'Bondi years' 1980-84; experiences in England and Europe from 1984-86 and subsequent experimentation with collage, drawing and printmaking; through to Sydney from 1987-88, Newcastle 1989-91, Lake Macquarie 1992-2006 and Newcastle from 2007 until her death in 2014. Of key interest is the twenty years in which Turner worked as a painter, creating the extraordinary range in experimentation with colour and abstraction for which she became renowned.
Much loved as a person and admired as an artist, Mazie Karen Turner exhibited widely, with examples of her works now held in regional, state and national collections.
MAZIE KAREN TURNER: Between dream and earth exhibition catalogue (pdf)