Bea Maddock’s panoramic artwork at GOMA


Australian artist, Beatrice Louise Maddock (Bea Maddock), showcased spiritual and convincing artwork at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Since her studies at the University of Tasmania, Maddock has held a strong art career across the globe with a focus on land and language.

However Maddock’s work has found its way home. TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale (1993–98) invited Queensland to view the spirit of Australian terrain and the implication of life on land.

The forty-metre panoramic coastal drawing, across 51 sheets of paper, reflected both the present and past connection to Maddock’s homeland, Tasmania.


Using blind letterpress on paper, Maddock explored the land, sky and sea of Australia in ten tones of locally sourced hand-ground red ochre pastels and white chalk.

Created over a five-year timeframe, each drawing within the panoramic exhibition persuaded audiences to view the centre of the island.

The European names and Aboriginal place names throughout the work have drawn attention to Maddock’s concern with the human spirit and life on Australian land.


Maddock’s TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale (1993–98) is an interesting body of work that has explored the spirit of Australian land.

TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale (1993–98) | QAGOMA, Cultural Precinct, South Bank

Images by Katherine Lamont