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Pastel Era

Chloe Watego celebrates her culture through art | 28 May to 14 Jul | Maroochydore Library

Pastel Era
Chloe Watego | Home (detail) | 2024 | Acrylic on canvas | 76 x 90cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Caloundra Regional Gallery in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Libraries proudly presents the next exhibition for the Maroochydore Library Artspace.

Chloe Watego is a South Sea Islander and Iman woman, based on Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country with a passion for sharing and celebrating her culture through art.

As a self-taught artist, Chloe uses painting for creative expression and to aid in healing as she continues to explore her family's heritage. 

Born and raised on Yugambeh land, Chloe is of South Sea Islander descent and through her grandmother has ties to Torres Strait Island and the Bundjalung nation. Her grandfather, an Iman man, was removed from family due to the Stolen Generations, causing a hurtful disconnection to heritage and culture for him and the following generations of his family. Chloe's artworks are a means to shine a light on her family's enduring ties to the land while also illuminating the path forward for her children and future generations of her family.  

Pastel Era is a collection of artworks Chloe has created while reflecting back on her connection to the Sunshine Coast. From summer holidays at her Pop's caravan as a child and teenager, to now living gratefully on these lands, Chloe brings together her love for the ocean, spirituality and connection to place.

I invite you to explore my artistic world and discover the captivating beauty of nature, the power of personal connections, and the shared experiences that shape our lives. – Chloe Watego

Find out more from Chloe during a recent interview for our YouTube channel.

LocationEventDate and TimeRegistration
Maroochydore LibraryExhibition28 May to 14 July 2024Not required
Maroochydore LibraryLaunchFriday 7 June, 3pmRegister

Exhibition available to view during library open hours. This exhibition is located in a shared space – access unavailable during events. 

Artist Spotlight with Chloe Watego

We caught up with local artist and proud South Sea Islander and Iman woman Chloe Watego during the installation of her first solo exhibition Pastel Era at the Maroochydore Library Artspace. As a self-taught artist, Chloe uses painting for creative expression and to aid in healing as she continues to explore her family's heritage. In our talk we found out more about that family heritage and how it shapes her as the artist she is today. We find out a bit more about the Pastel Era work and where she wishes to go in the future as an artist. Enjoy the conversation.