Friday, November 28, 2014

IMPRESSIONS 2014 at the Australian Print Workshop

Unfortunately I will miss the opening of this illustrious biennial event as I'm currently undertaking a residency at the Art Vault in Mildura (see previous three posts). Fortunately IMPRESSIONS 2014 runs until 28 February 2015, so there will be ample time to see the show.

There are some fantastic artists involved, as this flyer attests. (Click on it to enlarge).

To preview my own print edition for IMPRESSIONS 2014, scroll down to Blog Post October 18: Cotton Harlequin Bug Woman #1.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Moth Woman Vigilantes take Mildura

This mini-zine made an earlier appearance on the Art Blog in April, around the time of the legendary Clunes Booktown, for which it was created. But we believe it equally has a valid place in the Homo-insecta exhibition at the Art Vault in Mildura, which opens tonight.

The Moth Woman Vigilantes are arguably the most highly evolved of the Insect Women - indefatigable crime fighters and tireless righters of wrongs - although there are many who contend they are entirely on the wrong side of the law, with world domination firmly in their sights. Others (myself included) firmly believe we could do a whole lot worse, and that down here in in the depths of Australia, we already are.

Republic of Mothstralia - Coins of the Realm, 2014, mini-zine, photocopy, 10.5 x 7.5 cm, Edition: 100

To peek inside the zine, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Zine launch at the Art Vault

Early on Monday morning Shane Jones and I will set off for the Art Vault in Mildura, our car laden with artwork and art materials in anticipation of the solo exhibitions and residencies we’ll be undertaking there over the next three weeks. (See also previous post). The last of the artworks for my own show, Homo-insecta, was collected from the framer earlier today.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on six eight-page mini-zines, all of which will be launched on opening night, November 26, 6 - 7 pm. The first three, Moth Women 1 – 3, hark back to some of the first insect women. Zines 4-5: Homo insecta 1 and 2, showcase more recent insect women. The sixth and final zine, The Yellow Butterflies, is based on a slightly re-edited version of a fairy story I wrote in 2013.

The zines are something of an experiment; they were created with the aid of iPad apps: Strip Design, Buttefly Cam, Pic Collage and Phoster.

For selected page views and to learn more about individual zines, visit Moth Woman Press, Blog Posts November 13 - November 21 inclusive.

The exhibitions Deborah Klein: Homo-insecta and Shane Jones: This Sporting Life run from November 26 - December 15. For full details, click HERE.

Pictured top: 
Mini-zines: 2014, photocopy, 10.5 x 7.5 cm
Moth Women 1-3, each signed and numbered editions of 100
Homo-insecta 1-2, both signed and numbered editions of 80
The Yellow Butterflies, signed and numbered edition of 100

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homo-insecta: an exhibition of linocuts

Selected linocuts from my ongoing series of insect women will shortly be exhibited in the solo exhibition Homo-insecta:

My work will occupy the smaller of the two galleries at the Art Vault. In the main space will be This Sporting Life, an exhibition of recent paintings by my partner Shane Jones.

If you find yourself in Mildura between 26 November and 15 December, we'd love it if you stop by and say hello.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cotton Harlequin Bug Woman #2

Recalling the colourful Commedia dell’arte character from which she takes her name, Cotton Harlequin Bug Woman is a hybrid of Tectocoris diophthalmus, a bug with bright metallic colours. Found in northern Australia and also common in agricultural areas, it has a long proboscis that is used to pierce plants in order to feed on the liquid nutrients.

Cotton Harlequins are particularly prevalent at this time of year, which enabled the documentation of this never before seen sub-species.

The same homo-insecta was the subject of a linocut of the same name, made for the forthcoming Australian Print Workshop exhibition IMRESSIONS 14 (see blog Post October 18).

Pictured top: 
Cotton Harlequin Bug Woman, 2014, watercolour, pigmented drawing ink and pencil, 41.5 x 30 cm.

Pictured Below:
Developmental stages of the work.