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Genus 0 no. 3



Margaret Worth


1944 -


'Genus 0 no 3' 1968 is from a 'species' of modular paintings that evolved out of Margaret Worth's background in science and mathematics and her commitment to the 'universal language' of abstraction during the mid to late 1960s. These parallel pair of constructions comprise of multi-coloured parallelograms the forms of which are predicated on a broken Möbius strip: a cyclic band with a continuous single surface and edge that could also have been inspired by Worth's interest in Buddhism and reincarnation. Indeed, she has acknowledged: 'I was looking for a means to combine my wonder in science and in spirituality - a visual language that, like music and mathematics, could speak for both' [1].

Worth's 'Genus 0 no 3' encapsulates the spirit of the mid-twentieth century which was characterised by cultural and technological advancements and possibility. Looking back on her practice at the time, Worth has remarked that: 'Australia in the 60s, when the western world was prosperous and full of confidence, looked to the moon and beyond. The new scientific theories were thrilling. It was time of great optimism. It was time to celebrate' [2].

1. Margaret Worth, Some notes on my art practice in the late 1960s, August 1993
2. Margaret Worth, Artist's statement: Genus 0 no 3, February 2016




Media category


Materials used

diptych: synthetic polymer on canvas


dimensions variable :

a - Part a, 43.5 x 217.5 x 7 cm, stretcher

b - Part b, 43 x 217 x 6.9 cm, stretcher

Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso inside stretcher bar [parts a & b], black fibre-tipped pen "MARGARET WORTH 1969 ...".


Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 2016


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Margaret Worth

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Charles Nodrum Gallery, Abstraction 14, Melbourne, 2015, n.pag. (colour illus.). 7

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Look, 'The art that made me', Sydney, Jan 2018-Feb 2018, 22 (colour illus.).

Nick Yelverton, Look, 'Margaret Worth: Genus 0 no.3 1968', pg. 26, Sydney, Jan 2017-Feb 2017, 26 (colour illus.).