Margaret Dix

It must be lonely at the top, 2021

92.5 × 72.5 cm
I wonder what the farmed landscape looked like before we cleared the trees. I am amused when I see what has been left and wonder why. I found this solitary tree standing firm on its hilltop both amusing and poignant. As always, nature provided me with a metaphor for the complexities of life. (Work is framed)
Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Art with a painting major at the National Art School in 2018, I have been in several group exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne, participated in an artist residency on Skopelos Island, Greece and been a finalist in several art prizes and awards. Prior to attending art school, I juggled work and art by undertaking many workshops and art courses when I could. Now I practice full time as an artist. I work from a studio in central Sydney but frequently disappear with my tent and paint box to paint the natural beauty in National Parks and World Heritage sites around Australia. My work centres around an observation of the landscape both remembered and imagined. Whilst the landscapes that inspire my works are often clear, I am interested in creating space for an audience to have their own personal experience of place. I am occupied more with creating calm and reflective connections rather than realistic documentary.

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