Monday, November 19, 2018

Acquisition by National Gallery of Australia

Leaves of Absence, 2017, unbound artist book
31 archival pigment prints in Solander box
32.5 (H) x 25.5 (W) x 4 cm (D) edition: 10 plus one artist proof

In the midst of an exceptionally hectic period, I've received some marvellous news. My artist book LEAVES OF ABSENCE has been acquired for the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

For additional information and page views, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Page view from Leaves of Absence

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Red Comb #2 (2007) based on a detail from my painting 8 Women (2005) wool and cotton, 15 x 16 cm
Woven by Cheryl Thornton 

A PASSION FOR TAPESTRY, which opened last night at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, comprises 18 small tapestries from the private collection of Tuppy Cole, all of them acquired from the ATW. The exhibition includes Red Comb #1, woven by Rebecca Moulton (fourth image below). For a clearer view of Red Comb #1 sans reflections, go HERE.

Revisiting Red Comb #2, woven by Cheryl Thornton

An unexpected surprise was the accompanying exhibition of tapestries from the workshop’s collection, including Red Comb #2, woven by ATW master weaver Cheryl Thornton (pictured top). I was thrilled to see this little gem again. I admire Cheryl’s work enormously and it’s well represented in both shows.

L-R: Cheryl Thornton and I outside the Australian Tapestry Workshop in 2007

Pictured with Red Comb #1, woven by Rebecca Moulton

The red comb tapestries were commissioned by the ATW in 2007 and are based on individual panels from my multi-panelled painting 8 Women (2005). In the intervening years, life has come to imitate art. My own locks are now the same shade as the intricately woven hair in both tapestries.

As the following photos will hopefully attest, a visit to the Australian Tapestry Workshop is highly recommended.

Opening address by Antonia Syme, Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop. On the right (holding the bouquet of
flowers) is tapestry collector Tuppy Cole

Centre, left: ATW Director Antonia Syme, centre. Far right: ATW weaver Chris Cochius with Shane Jones

Photo credit for Red Comb #2: Viki Petherbridge. The photos of me (taken on an angle to avoid reflections) are by Shane Jones.

The exhibitions continue to 1 February, 2019.

Australian Tapestry Workshop
262 - 266 Park Street,
South Melbourne VIC 3205

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Moth Women land at The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery

It's just occurred to me that I'm involved in no less than four group shows opening this week. (The others are at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Montasalvat Arts Centre and the Australian Print Workshop).

I'm particularly excited to be part of Buy Art: Buy Local, opening on Thursday night, 15 November, at the Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery in Ballarat. I have eleven works in the show, all of them featuring the masked moth women that have been a huge part of my personal mythology for several years, inspiring fairy tales, prints, paintings, drawings, zines and artist books.

The hand-painted miniature plaster masks pictured above have seldom been exhibited. I couldn't be more delighted that their return appearance is in this superb gallery, and in such fine company. For me, the icing on the cake is to be regarded as a local artist in this town I've come to call home.

A selection of linocuts, including these, are also part of the show:

Birthana cleis Moth Mask, 2009, hand coloured linocut, 15 x 15 cm, ed. 30

Scoliocma bioclora Moth Mask, 2009, hand coloured linocut, 15 x 15 cm, ed. 30

Agathia pisina Moth Mask, 2009, hand coloured linocut, 15 x 15 cm, ed. 30

Thalaina macfarlandi Moth Mask, 2009, hand coloured linocut, 15 x 15 cm, ed. 30

The following is from the gallery's latest newsletter:

Buy Art : Buy Local is a celebration of the energies, efforts and activities of practising artists in the Ballarat region. 
A curated group of artists have been invited to show their works, with a focus on pieces that can be purchased, gifted or collected. 

The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery firmly believes in the importance of financial reward for the production of quality artwork. Without creative thinking, or art production, we are lost as a society. Without valuing the energies and efforts that creative people place into their artworks, we devalue ourselves.
We welcome the chance to celebrate the talents and skills of Ballarat’s fine artists, and we also welcome the opportunity for others to invest, share and give art to others. Art is not an elite sport. 
Artists participating in the Buy Art : Buy Local exhibition include: Kim Anderson , Tiffany Titshall, Deborah Klein, Deb Weston, Kate Wise, Jon Paley, Tas Wansbrough, Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling, Alec Robinson, Claire Blake and Lisa Anderson

Photo credit for all images: Tim Gresham.

Buy Art: Buy Local
The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery
14 Camp Street
Ballarat Central 3350

Join us for a celebratory drink on Opening Night, Thursday, 15 November, from 6 - 8 pm

The exhibition runs from 14 November - 23 December

Monday, November 12, 2018

DRAWING STRENGTH: the sketchbook component

Non-portrait Sketchbook (detail 1)

Previewed above and below is my diminutive concertina sketchbook, delivered this very day to the Barn Gallery at Montsalvat Arts Centre in anticipation of DRAWING STRENGTH, a drawing-centred exhibition curated by Jo Lane.

Non-portrait sketchbook 1 (detail 2)

Here is the book in its entirety:

Non-portrait sketchbook 1, 2018, 15 x 10 cm (closed); 15 x 78 cm (open), ink, gouache and watercolour on rag paper 

That’s Shane Jones below, dropping off his drawing and sketchbook. From the work we saw today, it’s clear that drawing, in all its guises, is very much alive and kicking.

DRAWING STRENGTH opens this coming Saturday, November 17 and runs until Sunday, January 6, 2019.

For further information, go here:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Biblio Art Prize Part 2: Opening night

At the launch of Biblio Art 2018 with my shortlisted entry, Bell Jar
Photo credit: Shane Jones

The 10th Annual Biblio Art Prize, co-ordinated by Blarney Books & Art, opened last Saturday evening, November 3, to a packed house. Two of my works were finalists: Bell Jar, an archival pigment print inspired by Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar and the Frankenstein-inspired Progeny, a unique artist book (pictured in situ third from top). I was delighted when the latter received a Highly Commended Award from judges Justine Hyde (Director, Library Services, State Library of Victoria) and Vanessa Gerrans (Director, Warrnambool Art Gallery). 

The Biblio Art Prize was awarded to Mandy Gunn for her superb work, Pillars of Wisdom.

For detailed views of Progeny, scroll down to my previous post. For selected views of the exhibition launch, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Bell Jar, 2018, archival pigment print, 42.5 x 32 cm,
edition no. 1/10

Installation view of my artist book Progeny in the Biblio Art Prize 2018 at Blarney Books & Art

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Biblio Art Prize, Part 1

Pictured: ‘Progeny’, 2018, unique artist book, pigmented drawing ink, gouache and hand stitching with cloth binding, 16.5 x 91 cm (open)

Two of my works, including Progeny, a one-of-a-kind artist book, are finalists in the Biblio Art Prize 2018, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Progeny was created during my residency at Melbourne Athenaeum Library for Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018. Its point of departure is Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, also celebrating a significant anniversary in 2018: the 200th year of its publication. 

In related noteworthy anniversaries, 28 October was the 116th birthday of the great Elsa Lanchester, arguably best known for her astonishing portrayal of the Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in James Whales’s eponymous film (widely considered to be the finest of all the Frankenstein movies and a masterpiece in its own right), and today, October 31, is Halloween.

Biblio Art Prize
37 James Street,
Port Fairy

The show runs from 3 November - 2 December and, following this, travels to Tacit Galleries in Melbourne, where it will be exhibited from 5 - 16 December 2018. 

Photos by Tim Gresham.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Drawing Strength at Montsalvat

Splendid emerald wasp woman, 2015, watercolour, 41.91 x 29.72 cm

My watercolour Splendid emerald wasp woman is part of the forthcoming show DRAWING STRENGTH at the Barn Gallery, Montsalvat. Curated by Jo Lane, it celebrates the gloriously diverse art of drawing. The exhibition features works by Melbourne and international artists, including, in some instances, their sketchbooks. (My own sketchbook will be previewed here in the near future).

DRAWING STRENGTH runs from November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019.

Opening event: Saturday November 17, 2 -4 pm

Artist Talk: December 1, 11 am

For further information, including a list of participating artists and gallery opening hours, see below. Click on the invitation for a clearer view.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Artist Talk, Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors

In a shamefully belated follow-up to my post of Wednesday, September 26, huge thanks to the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors for inviting me to speak on Thursday, October 11, for their warm welcome, boundless hospitality (including a superb afternoon tea) and the magnificent flowers. I couldn’t have wished for a more receptive, enthusiastic audience and very much enjoyed talking to many individuals afterwards. It was a memorable afternoon and I enjoyed every minute of it. Photo credit for top image: Louise Foletta.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

FRANKENSTEIN'S WOMEN - work in progress

Emerging from a sea of lino chips: the sixth of eight linocuts for my artist book, Frankenstein's Women, inspired by Mary Shelley's visionary Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.

A couple of earlier progress views follow.

To preview the fifth block in the series, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


Red Comb #1, 2007, 39 x 39 cm, woven by Rebecca Moulton at the Australian Tapestry Workshop
Collection: Tuppy Cole. Photo credit: Vicki Petherbridge

In 2007 the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne commissioned two tapestries based on my hair ornament paintings. (I had to double-check the date, because I simply cannot believe how many years have passed since then).

Red Comb #1, which was woven by ATW weaver Rebecca Moulton, is part of an upcoming exhibition, PASSION FOR TAPESTRY: Small Tapestries from a Private Collection. It has set me off on a short trip down Memory Lane. The following photos were taken at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, all those years ago.

Red Comb #1 on the loom

Weaver Rebecca Moulton at work on Red Comb #1

L- R: Shane Jones, Sara Lindsay and Rebecca Moulton

L-R: weavers Chris Cochius, Robyn Mountcastle, Cresside Colette, Tim Gresham and Cheryl Thornton. Cheryl wove
the second tapestry based on my work, Red Comb #2.
Rebecca Moulton and myself at the opening of ATW show in which the newly-completed
tapestries were launched

PASSION FOR TAPESTRY: Small Tapestries from a Private Collection
Artists: GW Bot, Belinda Fox, Graham Fransella, Helen Fuller, Deborah Klein, Pauline Nangala Sunfly, Nusra Latif Qureshi

Weavers: Sue Batten, Grazyna Bleja, Chris Cochius, Amy Cornall, Louise King,
 Sara Lindsay, Rebecca Moulton, Laura Mar, Cheryl Thornton
Opening celebration: Tuesday 13 November, 5:30pm

Exhibition: 7 November 2018 - 1 February 2019
A Passion for Tapestry is an exhibition at the Australian Tapestry Workshop of small tapestries from the collection of Tuppy Cole, long-term friend and supporter of the ATW. Throughout her long association with ATW, Tuppy has collected many wonderful tapestries.

The exhibition features 18 small tapestries, woven since 2004, by weavers at the ATW. The collection includes tapestries that interpret designs by significant Australian artists, as well as tapestries based on the weaver’s own designs. Many of the works are experimental and demonstrate the open possibilities of the tapestry form.

Together, the exhibition presents a diverse snapshot of contemporary tapestry, and the imaginative styles of ATW weavers past and present.


Australian Tapestry Workshop
262 - 266 Park Street,
South Melbourne VIC 3205

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, October 7, 2018


IMPRESSIONS 2018, the Australian Print Workshop's biennial fundraising exhibition, is nigh. As always, it features works by a virtual Who's Who of Australian printmakers. IMPRESSIONS is a highlight of the printmaking calendar, a perfect note on which to end the old year - and a fine way to start the new one.

As previously noted (see Blog Post Tuesday, July 24) my contribution will be printed and editioned by APW master printer, Simon White. 

A series of progress views follow:

Below: the first proofs:

Directly below are recent trial proofs. I've yet to sign off on the BAT, but the second proof, in which additional background texture has been cut away, is pretty close to the version we'll go for. The incorporation of chine colle, which brings warmth and depth to the work, was Simon's idea. (Photo credit: Simon White).

IMPRESSIONS 2018 opens on 17 November 2018 and runs until 16 February 2019. For further information, see the poster above, or contact the Australian Print Workshop HERE.