Thursday, December 7, 2017


If you're free, come along to my solo show FALLEN WOMEN at Tacit Contemporary Art this coming Saturday, 9 December from 2- 4 pm for an informal Meet the Artist event.

If you have any questions about the work (for example, what on earth is a Phemograph?) this is your chance to ask them.

If you can't make it - although I do hope you can - the exhibition is current until Sunday, 17 December.

Pictured top: Fallen Woman 14, 2017, phemograph, 39.5 x 30 cm, edition: 20.

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston St, Abbotsford, Vic 3067
T: 0423 323 188

Wednesday – Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am–5pm

Saturday, December 2, 2017


I'm privileged to be one of the 65 artists exhibiting in Imaginings, curated by printmaking legend, Rona Green.

The opening celebration is this very afternoon, Saturday, 2 December between 2 - 4 pm at Neospace, 7 Campbell Street, Collingwood.

To view the exhibition catalogue, go HERE.

Imaginings runs until Tuesday, 19 December.

Pictured above is my contribution, Fallen, 2017, phemograph, 20 x 14.2 xm. Printed at Arten.

Friday, December 1, 2017

FALLEN WOMEN: Opening Night

Sending warm thanks on this cold, wet Ballarat evening to the many valiant souls who endured last Wednesday's scorcher to attend the opening night of FALLEN WOMEN at Tacit Contemporary Art in Melbourne. We only remembered to take some snaps towards the end, after the crowd had abated somewhat (although unfortunately the heat hadn't).

Photographer Tim Gresham will shortly be taking some detailed installation views of the show. Meanwhile, here are a few to be going on with.

DK with Shane Jones. Photo credit: Priscilla Ambrosini

Gaye Britt and Tim Gresham

Among those in this group, L - R: Miranda Costa, Priscilla Ambrosini, Shane Jones, Tim Gresham, Gaye Britt,
Angie Black and Paul Compton.

With Paul Compton. Photo credit: Priscilla Ambrosini

L - R: Ephemera (13) and Ephemera (2) 2017 

Installation view: four more works from the Ephemera suite 

L - R: Priscilla Ambrosini, Paul Compton, myself and Shane Jones. Photo credit: Julie Keating

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Pictured above and below: selected highlights of yesterday evening’s memorable launch of my artist book, LEAVES OF ABSENCE, at one of this city’s treasures, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library. Warmest thanks to everyone who came. I couldn’t have wished for more convivial company or a finer setting. Special thanks to Marguerite Brown, Manager, Print Council of Australia, for her terrific opening address, also to the library’s Business Manager, Sue Westwood and librarian Tom Coleman for the time, effort and thought they put into every facet of the event, including the elegant display of my work. 

Hand painted silhouettes on eucalyptus leaves, the basis for the images in
LEAVES OF ABSENCE (see directly below) 

With Marguerite Brown, Manager, Print Council of Australia, whose opening address was one of the evening's high points

L-R: Shane Jones, Sue Westwood, Business Manager, Athenaeum Library, and
Marguerite Brown  

For more about the event, visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Monday, November 20, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE book launch and FALLEN WOMEN solo show

Page view from IMPRINT Spring 2017 Volume 52 Number 3

Paging through the current issue of the Print Council of Australia's quarterly publication, IMPRINT, I'm reminded with a jolt that the opening of Fallen Women, my forthcoming show at Tacit Contemporary Art is seriously nigh.

The exhibition, to which you're all invited, will span two gallery spaces. It marks the the solo debut of the experimental archival pigment prints (AKA phemographs) that have dominated my practice for the last two years.

The opening event will take place on Wednesday evening, 29 November between 6.30 - 8 pm. For those who can't make it, there will be an informal Meet the Artist event on Saturday 9 December from 2 - 4 pm. This is a crazy time of year (it's not called the Silly Season for nothing) but if you can't make it on either of these dates, I hope you'll have a chance to drop by before the show finishes its run on 17 December.

In the meantime, the precursor to the above project, my artist book, LEAVES OF ABSENCE, will be launched at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library this coming Friday, 24 November, with an opening address by Marguerite Brown, Manager of the Print Council of Australia.

Since its completion earlier this year, the book has been included in two major touring exhibitions and was also shortlisted for the Geelong Print Prize and Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards. Thanks to the generosity and support of the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, it will finally have the stage entirely to itself.

In additional exciting news, the library recently acquired a copy of the book for its permanent collection and has invited me to be their artist-in-residence for Melbourne Rare Book Week in June/July 2018.

To preview LEAVES OF ABSENCE and learn more about the project, visit Moth Woman Press HERE

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Printing at arten

My fourth and final catch up post comprises a miscellany of photos taken over the past few weeks during three marathon printing sessions at arten - the most recent of them a week ago today. 

A handful more images remain to be printed, but the end is clearly in sight. I already have more than enough work for Fallen Women, my solo show at Tacit Contemporary Art, scheduled to open on 29 November. Currently I'm numbering, titling and signing the phemographs completed thus far. After the remaining works are proofed next week, I'll make a final selection for framing.  

Below top: the constant hive of activity that is arten. In the background are Daisy Watkins-Harvey and Luke Ingram.

Monday, October 23, 2017


Jewel Beetle Woman, 2014, hand coloured linocut, 56.5 x 38 cm
Printed by Simon White at the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
Photo credit: Tim Gresham

My linocut, Jewel Beetle Woman, is part of SPRING FEAST, an exhibition at the Australian Print Workshop celebrating the essence of Spring. (Sometimes, as on a cold, grey, wintry morning like the one today, we do need a reminder that Spring has actually sprung).

I have fond memories of creating the work back in 2014 as a special guest artist at the APW Summer school. The linocut was editioned by master printer Simon White.

It's in distinguished company. Also in the show are works by Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Kyoko Imazu, Tim Maguire, Ngarralja Tommy May, Melissa Smith and Louise Weaver.

SPRING FEAST runs until November 11.

I hand coloured the edition in my Ballarat studio using pigmented drawing inks
The stencil prevented unwanted splashes.

Numbering, titling and signing the finished edition upstairs at the APW in 2014
Photo credit: APW

Installation view of SPRING FEAST at the Australian Print Workshop Gallery, current until November 11
From left: works by Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Melissa Smith, Ngarralja Tommy May and Deborah Klein

Thursday, October 19, 2017


On Sunday, 1 October, Shane Jones and I (see above) joined thousands of people in a rainbow march through the streets of Melbourne to demonstrate our solidarity with LGBT people everywhere and in response to a fiendishly expensive, non-legally binding postal survey in which Australian citizens have been asked to vote on the legality of same sex marriage.

Disregarding chronological order, I've deliberately saved this, my latest Catch Up post, for now, as a timely reminder that a follow-up event, the YES Fest for Marriage Equality, will begin outside the State Library of Victoria this coming Sunday, 22 October, at 1 pm. There will be a short rally, followed by a march through the CBD, finishing at the Alexandra Gardens. During the afternoon there will be speeches from community leaders, political and other high profile figures, dispersed with musical interludes by some fabulous local performers. It's scheduled to end at around 6 pm, so those who can't make the march can still drop by any time before then.

YES Fest is a crucial lead-up to the final event: YES! Marriage Survey Results Announcement outside the State Library of Victoria on 15 November at 10.30 am for an 11.30 am announcement. With hopes high for a positive outcome, there will be an after-party at Trades Hall from 5.30 pm onwards.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Royal Melbourne Show 2017

Herewith is Catchup Post No. 2. It begins with several photos documenting my second consecutive stint as Printmaking Judge in the Arts, Crafts and Cookery section of the Royal Melbourne Show (23 September - 3 October). This year first-time Painting Judge, Shane Jones, and I joined forces to judge both sections.

Judging took place on Saturday, October 9. We were very ably assisted by Catherine and Helen, two delightful women from the Country Women's Association. There was a lot of work to get through, but we had an absolute ball. 

Shane Jones casts his eyes over the printmaking entries

- and some of the painting entries

L -R: Shane Jones, Catherine (standing) and Helen 

Printmaker Sharron Okines was a multiple prize winner (a First and a Third) with two linocuts from her Kitchenalia series. Her exquisite work, Kitchenalia 1020 (Nan's Crystal Bowl) not only gained a blue ribbon, but was also awarded Best In Show against several strong contenders. Congratulations, Sharron!

Admiring Sharron Okine's prize winning works, Kitchenalia 1020 (Nan's Crystal Bowl),
top left and Kitchenalia 1012, bottom left. Photo credit: Shane Jones.

RASV judges and other volunteers, including CWA members, are certainly well looked after. Lunch was a fabulous spread.

L-R: Shane Jones, Helen and Catherine

Judging continued until well into the afternoon. Immediately afterwards, I lost no time in checking out the rest of the Arts, Crafts and Cookery entries, including hats:

Some wondrous cakes:

And impeccably crafted woodwork.

We returned to the Melbourne Show Grounds as visitors on October 2, when we joined our friends Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison for what has become an annual occasion. An added bonus was coinciding with our mutual friend, Jill Kellett, who took the following photo.  It was also great to catch up with our lovely boss, Ramona Barry, head of Arts, Crafts and Cookery. 

Pictured L-R: Gracia Haby, Ramona Barry, Shane Jones, myself, Louise Jennison and two ceramic pigs.
Photo credit: Jill Kellett

As always, our favourite part of the Royal Melbourne Show was the animals. Directly below, the reigning champion of the Rescue Dog High Jump, having just scaled what seemed like an impossibly high wall with relative ease, takes a well earned bow.

Equally riveting was the short hair cat judging. We are fortunate to be acquainted with Jill Kellett's sister, Dr. Kerry Fowler (pictured below) who is one of Australia's most respected cat judges.

This was the first public appearance of the dear little fellow pictured immediately below. It was hard to believe - Tiger was laid back, affectionate and clearly adored people, all of whom returned the compliment. In the immediate background, right, are Jill Kellett and Louise Jennison.

Another highlight was visiting the goats.

L-R: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Photo credit: Shane Jones

Next year Gracia and Louise will be joining the RASV team as paper and book binding judges. Meanwhile, the four of us are eagerly anticipating our visit to the Ballarat Show in November!