Margaret Tuffy’s artwork has three distinct elements with which she engages on a continuous bases in her art practice. These manifest in her concerns in relation to nature and in particular the landscape, the environment and survival, the body experience and human dignity.
In a visual sense, her artworks lean towards the mystical/spiritual as well as the physical condition, taking form in large abstract paintings, using a symbolic language of colour and often accompanied by tiny figurative sculptures, small drawings, etchings and forms with other materials as in ‘Small Breaths’, 60 blown-glass works hung in a spiral at Rua Red, 2010.
Margaret Tuffy is not shy of engaging with new disciplines and skills required for multi-media installations that transverse the mediums of video, photography, blown-glass, ceramics and bronze and natural materials, as in rose petals, for the Concourse installation, sourced from the rose garden in St Annes Park, Raheny.
Margaret Tuffy has shown with Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens, Autumn 2014 & 2019. Prints exhibited in Poland at Galeria NowaHuckie Krakow 2018, and Galeria MOK, Debica, 2016 & 2019. Other international exhibits include ‘Divining’ prints made from wall tracings at Crampton Building, shown at the O’Keefe Gallery, Omaha Nebraska & Flux Liverpool 2003. Margaret curated and exhibited with 6 artists at Galeria Dix, Helsinki 2009. ‘Ricardo’ A Portrait of’ video Installation, exhibited 2006/7, at Crow Gallery and Gallery X6 China..
Videos ‘Take My Breath Away’ and ‘Tales Outside My Head’ were shown as part of ’Home’ at Damer House, Tipperary and at ‘Loop’ in Barcelona in 2014 & 16.Solo painting works and installations have exhibited at RuaRed, Ballina and Belmullet, Mayo Art Centres, The Concourse Building Installation Program, Civic Offices, Dunlaoighre, Limerick City Gallery, The Firestation Artists Studios, the Arts Council of Ireland Building, and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.
Her work has been collected by Arts Council Ireland, Limerick City Gallery, Galleria Dix Helsinki, Bank of Ireland, Technical University Dublin and the OPW Ireland (8 works) and private collections in Ireland and abroad.