Artist mixes things up
TRACIE Worth kidnaps mannequins from storefronts and holds them ransom for charity.
The Gold Coast-based artist has “kidnapped” three mannequins in the past and warned Gold Coasters she may do it again soon.
“They look so helpless dressed in clothes they don’t want to wear,” Ms Worth said.
“It’s always for a good cause.”
Ms Worth described herself as a “bit eccentric” and said her contemporary abstract artwork sometimes freaked people out.
“Life can be a little dull, we need to do things to mix it up a little,” Ms Worth said.
Ms Worth said she took mannequins from their posts in front of shops and held them ransom for charity.
“There are a lot of headless mannequins now, so I have a fascination with ones with a head,” she said.
“Several years ago I took Boating Betty from a boat shop on the Isle of Capri and raised money for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
“She didn’t look very happy sitting on top of a boat trying to attract customers to go and buy petrol for their boats.”
Ms Worth lived in Cairns for four years and says she “kidnapped” two mannequins while she was there.
“I dressed them up and they came everywhere with me,” she said.
“If a business let them hang out with me there for a while we organised a free plug on the local radio station.
“One was from a department store. I had to wait until the shop was closing before I made my move to take the mannequin in a shopping trolley.”
When she is not playing dress-ups for charity, Ms Worth works full-time in real estate on the Gold Coast.
Her ultimate plan is to be a full-time artist one day.
“I worked in art therapy 20 years ago, which was combining healing work with art, but after a while I decided I needed to concentrate on just me,” she said.
“I am an abstract contemporary artist and my artwork is based on people I meet. There is not much thrill just painting what is real – photography is for that.”
Ms Worth said she held six art exhibitions each year. Her current show is in Gallery 84 at Framez and Design, 84 Upton Street, Bundall.
The free exhibition will run until Sunday, December 15 and all art work is for sale.
For more information about Ms Worth’s art work visit www.tracieworthartist.com.