Friday, August 10, 2018

CREATIVE WOMEN IN FOCUS: Artist Talk at Duldig Studio Museum

I'm a huge admirer of house museums - in fact, I'm currently exhibiting in one. For a considerable time, I've wanted to visit the Duldig Studio Museum in East Malvern. My wish is about to be granted. The museum has invited me to be the first speaker in its new series of Creative Women in Focus talks. Scroll down for full details.

Deborah Klein: printmaker, painter and book artist
When Saturday 25 August 2018. 2.00 – 4.00pm
Where Duldig Studio 

Creative Women in Focus is Duldig Studio's new series of talks with Creative Women, Inspired by our current exhibition SLAWA modernist art + design, and our own creative woman – Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

From printmakers to embroiderers, weavers to dressmakers this is an opportunity to hear some very creative women talk about their lives in art and design, their practices and the challenges and pleasures of the creative life.

Beginning in August, artist Deborah Klein will join us to discuss her career as a printmaker, painter and book artist.

Deborah Klein has exhibited widely, most recently at Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne; RMIT Gallery; the 9th International Printmaking Bienniale, Portugal; and as part of the Johnston Collection exhibition, Patterns of Collecting/From the Bower at the Johnston Collection, Melbourne. Her work is held in collections around Australia and overseas.

As Deborah describes, ‘My visual language has evolved over the years and is multi-layered. Many works pay homage to women and their creative histories. The work is unified by its concern for women: the untold numbers who have been completely written out of history, the courage of those women and girls who must still fight seemingly unsurmountable odds to have their voices heard.’

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Duldig Studio is the former home, sculpture garden and studio of artist and inventor, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig and her husband artist and sculptor Karl Duldig.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Installation view: The Daughter of Time by Deborah Klein and Urn by Carole Wilson in the upstairs dressing room at
Fairhall Exhibition House, The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne. Photo credit: Tim Gresham.

Directly following are details of the remaining walk-and-talk events with the Bower artists/collectors before our show PATTERNS OF COLLECTING/FROM THE BOWER AT THE JOHNSTON COLLECTION concludes its long run on 18 September. Some events are booked out, so do check the link below. 

Thursday 9 August 2018 | 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm with Carole Wilson & Loris Button
Saturday 11 August 2018 | 10.00 am – 11.30 am with Carole Wilson & Deborah Klein
Thursday 13 September 2018 | 10.00 am – 11.30 am with Deborah Klein & Louise Saxton

For further information about the above, or to book a house tour during the run of the show, go HERE

Friday, August 3, 2018

MY MONSTER floor talk

Far left: artwork by Patricia Piccinini, foreground: my unbound artist book Homo-insecta, an Unnatural History Portfolio

Today is the first day of the Melbourne International Film Festival; between now and 19 August, I'll be seeing over 60 films. Just before I throw myself down the rabbit hole and into the Wonderland of MIFF 2018, here are some snapshots of last night’s floor talk, METAMORPHOSIS AND TRANSFORMATION, presented with Jazmina Cininas as part of MY MONSTER: The Human Animal Hybrid at RMIT Gallery. (Scroll down to see Jazmina and I with a selection of her astonishing Girlie Werewolf reduction linocuts). 

Many thanks to exhibition curator Evelyn Tsitas, to RMIT Gallery for having us and to all who came along. 

Photo credits: Shane Jones.

In full voice, alongside my Homo-insecta watercolours

It was delightful, as always, to reunite with my old friend and former colleague
Jazmina Cininas and her Girlie Werewoves

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


Installation view, Deborah Klein, Homo-insecta watercolours, My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid,
 RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.
Photographer: Mark Ashkanasy © RMIT Gallery.

On Thursday 2 August from 5.30 - 6.30 pm, Jazmina Cininas and I will meet at RMIT Gallery to talk metamorphosis, mythology, fables, fairy tales, folklore and their impact on our artworks in the current exhibition, My Monster: The human animal hybrid.
It's a ticketed event and I understand we already have a full house. For those who've missed out, you still have time to see the show, which runs until 18 August.  

There is an informative article about the exhibition in the July issue of Art Almanac

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Memory 12, 2016, phemograph, edition 20

Memory 14, 2016, phemograph, edition 20

In the current flurry of activity, I completely forgot that Memory 12 and Memory 14, currently on exhibit at Gallery 125 in Perth, WA, are also part of the upcoming 9th INTERNATIONAL PRINTMAKING EXHIBITION OF DOURO 2018 in Portugal. My momentary memory loss stems from sending them over so long ago, back in April 2017, to be more precise. They were printed at Arten, as are all the works in this ongoing series.

The printmaking biennial comprises workshops, conferences, 14 exhibitions, and features a colossal 1,400 works from 700 artists from 70 countries. It runs from 10 August - 31 October.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Work in progress for IMPRESSIONS 2018

Pictured below are progress views of my current linocut, overseen by Alice, who turns as if to ask: “Really? Is this the best you can do?” 

Somehow I found the strength carry on and will deliver the block to Master Printer Simon White at the Australian Print Workshop this week, in ample time for IMPRESSIONS 2018, the APW’s biennial fundraiser.

IMPRESSIONS 2018 is scheduled for later this year. Details will be posted nearer the time.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cross-continental events

Memory 1, phemograph, 2017, edition: 20, part of

Several of my works are part of a group show at Gallery 152 in York, Western Australia that opened yesterday, July 21. Curated by Leonie Oakes, it has a deliciously intriguing title: A DARING LOVE AFFAIR WITH HER OWN SHADOW.

Exhibiting artists are: Heather Shimmen, Jill Ansell, Rachel McKenzie, Lana de Jaga, Deborah Klein and Natasha Rowell.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 26 August.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, the four Bower artists - Louise Saxton, myself, Carole Wilson and Loris Button - took part in Study Day 2018 at The Johnston Collection. The topic under discussion was PRIVATE COLLECTIONS/PUBLIC SPACES - THE VALUE OF ART & EPHEMERA. (See also yesterday’s post). We’re pictured below in front of our combined collections installation. 

L - R: Louise Saxton, myself, Carole Wilson and Loris Button. Photo credit: Warren Dowley

The Bower artists. Photo credit: Warren Dowley

Directly below, Carole Wilson introduces our visual presentation. Impeccably compiled by Loris Button, it included highlights of the show's previous iterations at Warrnambool Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Bower artist and curator Carole Wilson 

Bower artist Loris Button speaks of items from her private collection

The forum was one of numerous events, including an ongoing series of Walks-and-Talks, connected with our current exhibition/intervention PATTERNS OFCOLLECTING/From the Bower at the Johnston Collection, running until 18 September.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Tomorrow, Saturday 21 July, from 9 am - 4 pm, the Bower Artists - Loris Button, Louise Saxton, Carole Wilson and myself - will be among several presenters taking part in Study Day 2018 at the Johnston Collection. 

Led by Louis Le Vaillant, Director/Curator, The Johnston Collection and Amanda Bede, President, Ephemera Society of Australia, PRIVATE COLLECTIONS/PUBLIC SPACES - THE VALUE OF ART & EPHEMERA takes its cue from our current exhibition, PATTERNS OF COLLECTING/From the Bower at the Johnston Collection.

The Bower Artists will discuss our own collections and how they have directed and influenced our artworks. For example, my collection of mourning and sentimental jewellery, characterised by its incorporation of intricately woven human hair (pictured top, in situ at the museum), was a direct influence on the miniature watercolours made specifically for PATTERNS OF COLLECTING, including the Non-Portrait below. (Photo credit: Tim Gresham). 

For further information, visit the Johnston Collection website HERE.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Last Day of Melbourne Athenaeum Library Residency

At the dawning of my last day as artist-in-residence at Melbourne Athenaeum Library, here is my artist book Progeny in its final stages of completion. (Fortunately the hand-stitching went without a hitch).

Following directly below are ‘shelfies’ of the completed work (aside from binding) and finally, portraits of the women who inspired the work: Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein (1818) and Elsa Lanchester, whose astonishing, all too brief performance in James Whales’s film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was the point of departure for my artist book. 

In Shelley’s novel Frankenstein builds a bride for his ‘monster’ but just before giving her life, he destroys her. (Well before this stage, we’re seriously questioning who the real monster is).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Walking and Talking at The Johnston Collection

Pictured above: A corner of the Natural History Room created for PATTERNS OF COLLECTING/From the Bower at the Johnston CollectionIn colonial times the 'picturesque pursuit' of natural history illustration was considered a respectable pastime for amateur women artists much like those imagined here. In fact, numerous women, among them Elizabeth Gould, Margaret Flockton, Harriet and Helena Scott, Sarah Stone, Louisa Anne Meredith and Rosa Fiveash were invaluable contributors to the field.

The European Butterflies and Moths book is a treasured gift from recently retired Art Gallery of Ballarat Director, Gordon Morrison. In fact, the Natural History Room was essentially built around it. Gordon has just reminded me (and I quote):  'Don't forget Margaret Stockton who apart from being an exceptional artist, managed the unthinkable and became the first salaried artist at the Sydney Botanical Gardens'. 

This morning between 10 am - 12 pm fellow Bower artist Loris Button and I are leading an informal Walk-and-Talk through the treasure-laden rooms of of Fairhall Exhibition House at The Johnston Collection House Museum. We’d love to see you there.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Extension of Melbourne Athenaeum Library Residency

 At work in Melbourne Athenaeum Library amidst an array of Moth Woman Press publications. Photo credit: Shane Jones

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to extend my residency at Melbourne Athenaeum Library, so am back in the library for the remainder of this week. Because of a couple of other commitments, however, my hours are slightly different.

Monday and Tuesday: 10.30 am - 5.00 pm

Wednesday: 3 pm - 6 pm 
Thursday: 1 - 5 pm 
Friday: 10.30 am - 4pm 
Saturday: 10.30 - 2 pm.

If you come outside of those times, it’s likely I won’t be there, but my work will be. 

Library hours:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm

For selected highlights from the first part of the residency, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ART MAKING, an artist talk for Melbourne Rare Book Week

Melbourne Athenaeum Library, my principal place of work during Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018

My residency at Melbourne Athenaeum Library is well and truly up and running. I've already met some terrific people, had many lively conversations and been gratified by the positive response to the work. At present I'm working on an artist book titled Progeny, one of two projects inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: a Modern Prometheus.

On Wednesday, July 4, from 6 - 7 pm I'm presenting an informal talk. My artist book, Leaves of Absence (2017) acquired last year by the library, will take centre stage, alongside Fallen Women, a small companion volume published early this year. (To preview Fallen Women, go HERE).

Tomorrow evening I'll discuss these and other Moth Woman Press publications, past, present and future. The event is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week. Attendance is free, but due to space restrictions, bookings are essential. For more about the talk, go HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 6 - 7 pm
Speaker: Deborah Klein
Presented by Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Level 1
188 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Phone (03) 9650 3100
Or book online HERE.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Farewell, Exquisite Palette Show

Shane and I with our respective palettes. Photo credit: Louise Blyton

Yesterday afternoon Shane Jones and I called into Tacit Galleries for a last look at the St Luke Artist Colourmen Exquisite Palette Show during its final hours. (It was virtually impossible to see the works on the lively, but jam-packed opening night). I also wanted to bid a fond farewell to my palette, which I’ll very likely never see again. 

My Reflection, 2018, acrylic on wooden palette

It was great bumping into St Luke's Co-founder and Co-director, artist Louise Blyton, who took the photo of us with our palettes. Shane’s “ink drawing” of our cat Alice on a sketchbook page that’s apparently taped to his palette is an illusionistic work which fooled the majority of viewers, even in extreme closeup. Aside from the natural wood of the palette, the entire work, including the masking tape and slightly creased overhanging corner of the “paper,” is an oil painting. 

Shane with Sketch of Alice, 2018, oil on wooden palette

Directly below, the lovely Louise stands alongside the St Luke Artist Colourmen Exquisite Palette Manifesto, while her elegant wrap-around palette What's Arp? hovers above it. 

Louise Blyton with her palette What's Arp? 2018 (detail), one of my favourite works in the show

Sunday, July 1, 2018

My Monsters at RMIT Gallery

Shortly before My Monster: the Human-Animal Hybrid officially opened its doors (to a queue of 1,400 people, I'm reliably informed!) we were invited to a special curator's talk. During that relatively quiet time we seized the moment to take these photos. That's me above, pictured with two of my monstrous creations. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

I'm delighted with the way my works are presented. Ordinarily I'm not a huge admirer of patterned walls in contemporary art exhibitions - they have a tendency to overpower the work - but in this case, I think it works brilliantly.

Actinus imperialis Beetle Woman, watercolour (installation view at RMIT Gallery)

Ladybird Woman, watercolour (installation view at RMIT Gallery)

There is a substantial article about the show in yesterday's Age newspaper (Saturday, June 30). My watercolour Actinus imperialis Beetle Woman (also pictured above, third from top) is reproduced, along with works by Kate Clark, Peter Ellis, Rona Green and a photographic portrait of My Monster curator Evelyn Tsitas.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


Pictured top: Deborah Klein, Actinus imperialis Beetle Woman,
watercolour on Khadi rag paper, 41.91 x 29.72 cm. (Photo credit: Tim Gresham).

In the two hundred years since Mary Shelley documented the creation of Frankenstein’s monster and its aftermath, our fascination with the hybrid has never wavered. 

Opening tonight 6 - 8 pm:
My Monster: The Human-Animal Hybrid
Curated by Evelyn Tsitas 
RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm 
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm 
Closed public holidays 
Free entry

My Monster runs from 29 June - 18 August. For further information, click HERE.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Homo-insecta at Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Homo-insecta: An unnatural history portfolio, 2013, hand-coloured linocuts and text

In celebration of the bicentenary year of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the inmates of Homo-insecta: An unnatural history portfolio will shortly spread their wings in readiness for flight to Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

The unbound artist book is part of the solo exhibition accompanying my residency at the library for Melbourne Rare Book Week.

The residency runs from Saturday 30 June - Saturday 7 July.

Library hours :
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Artist talk: Wednesday 4 July, 6 -7 pm

For information about related events and inside views of Homo-insecta: An unnatural history portfolio, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Melbourne Athenaeum Library Artist-in-Residence for Melbourne Rare Book Week

Photo credit: Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Melbourne Rare Book Week 2018 is nearly upon us, and for some weeks I’ve been gearing up for my stint as Artist-in-Residence at marvellous Melbourne Athenaeum Library. 

A selection of my artist books and zines will be on display during the residency and I’ll be working on a couple of projects focusing on women in gothic fiction, in particular, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Emily BrontĂ«’s Wuthering Heights. (Shelley’s novel and BrontĂ« herself both celebrate bicentenaries in 2018). 

My unbound artist book Leaves of Absence, 2017 (collection: Melbourne Athenaeum Library)
pictured during  its launch at the library in December, 2017. The book will also be exhibited during my residency.

Portrait of Emily BrontĂ« by Branwell BrontĂ« (fragment) C. 1833

Portrait miniature of Mary Shelley
by Reginald Easton, C. 1857

On Wednesday, July 4 at 6 pm I’m giving an informal talk on multi-disciplinary art-making, with a particular focus on book art and the importance of storytelling in my work. The event is free, but bookings are essential. 

For more about to the talk, click HERE and scroll down. To secure a seat, contact Melbourne Athenaeum Library via telephone on 9650 3100, or email: 

Melbourne Rare Book Week runs from 29 June - 8 July. For the full program, go HERE.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Deborah Klein, Ladybird Woman, 2014, watercolour on Khadi rag paper, 41.91 x 29.72 cm
Photo credit: Tim Gresham

Three of my watercolours from the ongoing Homo-insecta series, including Ladybird Woman (pictured above) are part of this upcoming show.

MY MONSTER: THE HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRID explores our enduring fascination and revulsion with the merging of the human and animal, and coincides with the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The hybrid is the ultimate metaphor. Its almost human image haunts us from horror films to mythology, fairy tales to folk lore, literature to all aspects of visual art. The trouble with hybrids is that they disturb our moral compass, reminding us that we are animals, and animals are like us. This is the power of the hybrid creature. When we look into its human eyes, we see ourselves looking back from the animal body we deny we inhabit.

Evelyn Tsitas
Curator, My Monster

Image on invitation: Kate Clark, Gallant, 2016, mixed media, dimensions variable

Bringing together work by more than 25 Australian and international artists in diverse media from public and private collections, including several new works created for the exhibition, My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid is curated by Evelyn Tsitas, based on her widely published doctoral research in this field.

Opening speaker: Barbara Creed, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professorial Fellow.

Creed is the author of five books on feminism, sexuality, film and media including the feminist classic, The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Routledge). Her recent research is on animal studies, the inhuman and social justice issues; and her latest publication Stray: Human–Animal Ethics in the Anthropocene (2017) explores the relationship between human and animal in the context of the stray.

A number of Public Programs are scheduled throughout the exhibition's run. On Thursday, 2 August, from 5.30 - 6.30 pm, Jazmina Cininas and I will be speaking of Metamorphosis & transformation. For a full list of artist talks, see the invitation above.

Exhibiting artists include: Jane Alexander (South Africa), Peter Booth, Jazmina Cininas, Kate Clark (USA), Catherine Clover, Beth Croce, Julia deVille, Peter Ellis, Rona Green, Moira Finucane, Deborah Kelly, Bharti Kher (IND), Deborah Klein, Oleg Kulik (Ukraine / Russia), Sam Leach, Norman Lindsay, Sidney Nolan, Kira O’Reilly & Jennifer Willet (Ireland / Canada), Lisa Roet, Geoffrey Ricardo, Mithu Sen (IND), Maja Smrekar (Slovenia) and Ronnie Van Hout.

Opening night: Thursday, June 28, 6 pm - 8 pm

RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street,
Victoria, Australia 3000

Open Monday – Friday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm 
Saturday 12pm – 5pm 
Closed public holidays 
Free entry

The exhibition runs until 18 August.