Monday, February 26, 2018


My drawing The Secret Plait has been included in HEADS & BODIES at Charles Nodrum Gallery. The exhibition, which will span the entire gallery, explores the body in art through extensive contemporary and historic examples.

Accompanying the show is a lavishly illustrated catalogue of selected works. A fully illustrated catalogue can be viewed on the gallery website HERE.

Deborah Klein, The Secret Plait, 2016-17, oil pastel and chinagraph on paper, 76.5 x 56 cm
Photo credit: Tim Gresham

HEADS & BODIES exhibition catalogue. Cover art: Russell Drysdale, Half caste woman, 1960.
Page view: Deborah Klein, The Secret Plait, 2016-17 (top); bottom: Jan Murray, Grey Jacket (Puff), 2015

Charles Nodrum Gallery
267 Church Street
Richmond 3121

Tel. (61 3) 9427 0140
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm

HEADS & BODIES opens on 1 March and continues until 17 March.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

More watercolour miniatures

As the second month of 2018 nears an end, I remain primarily focused on the ongoing non-portrait miniatures for Patterns of Collecting/From the Bower at the Johnston Collection, a group exhibition opening in early June. It's such a pleasurable and satisfying project to work on, although with several other commitments hovering, I'll soon need to start multi-tasking a lot more.

Untitled watercolour, 2018, 9 x 7 cm

Untitled watercolour, 2018, 12 x 8 cm

As in its previous incarnations (at Warrnambool Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat in 2017), Patterns of Collecting will comprise objects from the private collections of Loris Button, Louise Saxton, Carole Wilson and myself, together with a selection of our artworks.

The works featured here are a response to the portrait miniatures held in the museum's permanent collection. Each miniature is made to fit one of the decorative frames I've sourced in antique shops, markets and thrift shops. This is an equally enjoyable component of the project that brings some balance into my life by getting me out of the studio from time to time.

Inspiration for the series is also drawn from mourning and sentimental jewellery. I have a small collection of my own, and all of it will be included in the show.

This morning my friend, Arizona-based artist Deborah McMillion, sent me a link to The Curious Victorian Tradition of Making Art from Human Hair, a fascinating and enlightening article by Allison Meier, in which she reviews Woven Strands: the Art of Human Hair Work, an exhibition currently on view at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's the first show solely devoted to this subject, at least that I'm aware of. Would that I could see it. To read the article, which is handsomely illustrated, go HERE.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine

Love Knot, 2018, watercolour, 9 x 7.2 cm

A tiny token for this Valentine's Day (and eventually for Patterns of Collecting/From the Bower at The Johnston Collection in June).

Monday, February 12, 2018


L-R: myself, Gracia Haby, Theo Strasser and Louise Jennison at FOTP2018, Melbourne
  Town Hall. Photograph by Shane Jones, courtesy of Gracia and Louise.

Yesterday afternoon's Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier 2018 was bigger, brighter and better than ever, but, like many eagerly anticipated events, it was all over far too quickly. This year Sticky Institute received an unprecedented number of applications from zinesters (around 250 in the end, I believe) so all but zine distros were required to share a table. When your zine neighbours are Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, with Theo Strasser on the adjoining table, this can only be a good thing.  We had a fabulous day. For me it was the best zine fair ever, which is saying something. I for one can't wait to do it all again next year.

Meanwhile, for an overview of FOTP2018, go to Moth Woman Press HERE.

Friday, February 9, 2018


The renowned Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier is currently under way and, as always, will culminate in a ginormous zine fair. In recent years it’s been held at Melbourne Town Hall, a venue well suited to accommodate the ever-growing number of stall holders. This year it’s anticipated that they'll number over two hundred.

Moth Woman Press will be among them, with three new zines made especially for the event, namely Fallen Women, The leaves, like women, interchange and Alice’s Wonderland (see below). We’ll also be carrying a a goodly selection of zines from our back catalogue.

Do join us if you can.

The complete list of FOTP2018 events is here:

Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair 2018
Melbourne Town Hall
Sunday, 11 February, 12 - 5 pm

Fallen Women, 2018, 16 pages, signed and numbered edition of 100

For more about Fallen Women, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

The leaves, like women, interchange, 2018, eight page zine with poem by Emily Dickinson. Signed and numbered
edition of 100

For more about The Leaves, like women, interchange, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Alice's Wonderland, 2018, eight page zine, signed and numbered edition of 100

For more about Alice's Wonderland, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.