Gold Coast cultural icon NightQuarter has unveiled an exciting collaboration with local artist Tracie Eaton.
Painted mannequin Magdalene – nicknamed Maggie’ – has taken residence at the popular Helensvale entertainment precinct and will be a permanent fixture within the creative grounds.
Maggie was painted by artist Tracie Eaton, and is designed to portray a woman, then and now. She is named for Mary Magdalene, who famously resisted the traditional roles of women in society, and is the purveyor of the sense of cultural pride that NightQuarter embodies.
Tracie has a long history of exploring what it means to be a woman, and of embracing female power.
In her previous project ‘Emergence’, she created her artworks using human bodies as the canvasses.
“I anticipate people will feel passion, intrigue, empowerment, feel the beauty and power of femininity,” she told Blank GC before the exhibition.
“I also anticipate that some will feel somewhat challenged, perhaps a little out of their comfort zone.”
Maggie follows on artistically from this work, with the mannequin forming the canvas for Tracie’s vision, and happily calls The Paddock at NightQuarter home.
Michelle Christoe, Director of NightQuarter is proud to work with the local artist to bring Maggie to life.
“As a personification of the changing public face of society through the ages, Maggie dispels the cultural or societal limitations imposed on women and celebrates the intrinsic freedom of expression we all now share,” she says
Ms Christoe adds, “Here’s the thing… we live in a different society now and we can now unashamedly express who we are creatively and spiritually without judgement and here at NightQuarter, we proudly support all shapes, sizes and kinds of local talent.”
Maggie debuted in her purposed built ‘residence’ within The Paddock at NightQuarter in late September, and will be a permanent part of the fabric of NightQuarter.