Friday, September 8, 2017


Moth Woman Press is delighted to have been invited to participate in the forthcoming Tonerpalooza II Zine Fair at the Cowen Gallery in the State Library of Victoria. The event will take place on Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September from 10 - 4 pm. Moth Woman Press will be there on Sunday the 24th.

Tonerpalooza is coordinated by Sticky Institute to coincide with the current exhibition at the State Library of Victoria: SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS (see previous post).

To mark the occasion, I decided to make a new mini-zine, the front cover of which is reproduced below. I've been enjoying the process so much that two other zines are also under way. The drawings I made during a recent residency at the Art Vault in Mildura are the basis for the illustrations in all three. Further details will be revealed in future posts.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Pictured above and below: the reading room section of SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS at the State Library Victoria. Among the zines on display is the Moth Woman Press publication, Moth Woman Vigilantes (2011).

The exhibition, which runs until 12 November, will travel to a number of regional and interstate galleries in 2018 and 2019. 

Curated by Monica Syrette and developed in partnership with Sticky InstituteSELF-MADE  displays rarely seen material from the Library’s extensive collection of artist books and zines, the largest in Australia.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2017

Installation view of Leaves of Absence in From the Bower at the
Art Gallery of Ballarat. Exhibition current until 17 September.

Our artist book, Leaves of Absence, pictured above, has been shortlisted for the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2017. Judging from the list of finalists below, it will be in very distinguished company.

Opening night is Thursday, 21 September at 6.30 pm
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Open 7 days 10am-5pm
+618 9432 9555 |

The exhibition runs from 22 September - 12 November


Tony Ameneiro (NSW)

Nathan Beard (WA)

August Carpenter (VIC)

David Carson (WA)

Susanna Castleden (WA)

Seong Cho (NSW)

Hock Hong Choo (WA)

Jazmina Cininas (VIC)

Julianne Clifford (WA)

Hannah Farleigh (WA)

David Frazer (VIC)

Kath Fries (NSW)

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison (VIC)

Joanne Handley (NSW)

Garth Henderson (VIC)

Heather Hesterman (VIC)

Christopher Hillstead (WA)

Jan Hogan (TAS)
Clare Jackson (ACT)
Locust Jones (NSW)
Michael Kempson (NSW)
Deborah Klein (VIC)
Pia Larsen (NSW)
Richard Lewer (VIC)
Monika Lukowska (WA)
Carly Lynch (WA)
Marion Manifold (VIC)
William Mansfield (NSW)
Susan Marawarr (NT)
Rebecca Mayo (VIC)
Matthew McAlpine (WA)
Sarah McConnell (VIC)
Andrew HC McDonald (WA)
Carolyn Mckenzie-Craig (NSW)
Gordon Monro (VIC)
Matthew Newkirk (QLD)
Glenda Orr (QLD)

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Dashing around central Melbourne in between Melbourne International Film Festival venues, I happened upon this poster (x2) for SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS, a free exhibition at the State Library of Victoria. It opened yesterday, 11 August, and runs until 12 November. Two Moth Woman Press zines, Tattooed Faces and Moth Woman Vigilantes, are part of the show, which was curated by Monica Syrette. I haven't had a chance to see it yet because of back-to-back MIFF movies (I'm seeing 55 films over 16 days - I just did a count) but look forward to dropping by next week on a day of less solidly booked screenings. 

A link to the exhibition and related events is HERE.


Earlier this week, on Tuesday, August 8, the ten Print Council of Australia PCA Print Commission prints were launched at Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne. My archival pigment print, Pressed for Time, an edition of 30 (pictured above) was one of them.

Among the many visitors on the night was author Lucy Sussex (next to me, above right). Over the years, my work has graced the front cover of three of her books. Lucy has just been awarded a State Library of Victoria Fellowship, so there was much to celebrate.

Also present (above, right) was Sue Westwood, Business Manager of the Melbourne Athenaeum Library, which later this year will host an entirely different, if somewhat belated launch, that of my artist book Leaves of Absence. (Further details, including why I deliberately chose to delay the launch, will be the subject of a future post). Sue's sister, Diane Masters, is another of this year's print commission artists. 

To view all of this year's PCA Print Commission works, go HERE. 

For more snapshots of Tuesday evening's launch, visit my art blog HERE.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Last Saturday, July 29, the second leg of From the bower - patterns of collecting, featuring specially chosen objects and artworks from the 'bowers' of Loris Button, Louise Saxton, Carole Wilson and myself, opened at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Extra wall space, combined with an elegant exhibition design by the AGB's Brenda Wellman, has enabled the inclusion of a number of additional artworks and collection objects. Despite the initial impression of familiarity that may be experienced by those who saw From the bower at its previous venue, Warrnambool Art Gallery, in many ways it's a very different show.

For example, this time around, Leaves of Absence, 2017, my unbound artist book, is displayed in a stand-alone cabinet, along with a selection of the hand painted eucalyptus leaves that were the basis for the artwork and the antique flower presses in which the leaves were initially pressed, and in which they are now housed. I'm indebted to my fellow artists Carole Wilson and Loris Button (who also assisted with the installation of the show) for the considerable care and thought they put into its presentation.

Leaves of Absence installation detail #1

Leaves of Absence installation detail #2

The following is a slightly extended version of the label accompanying Leaves of Absence at the AGB.

Collection items: antique flower/tie presses and eucalyptus leaves.

For several years I’ve employed silhouettes in my work, primarily as a metaphor for marginalization or invisibility. In what is a fairly recent development, the silhouettes are hand-painted onto pressed eucalyptus leaves, of which I have amassed a substantial collection. The embellished leaves form the basis for an ongoing series of archival pigment prints. The leaves are housed in my modest collection of antique tie/flower presses, most of which were discovered in the Victorian Goldfields region, including Creswick and Ballarat.

Two years ago I made my first foray into digital prints in Not Born Digital, a Goldfields Printmakers portfolio that explored the historic connection of the Victorian Goldfields with China during the gold rushes, a period of Australian history from which Chinese women were conspicuously absent. The portfolio was presented at IMPACT 9, the international printmaking conference at Hangzhou, China in September 2015. Selected images from this ongoing body of work were subsequently collected together in the artist book, Leaves of Absence (2017).

During the Australian gold rushes, thousands of Chinese men came to Australia to seek their fortunes. In 1861 Chinese immigrants made up 3.3 per cent of the Australian population. The vast majority (38,337) were men, compared to only eleven women. For many Chinese men, separation from their families was a source of abiding sadness. The harsh treatment of Chinese miners is well documented, but almost nothing is known about the women who remained in China.

In the tiny Victorian town of Newstead there were over 3000 Chinese miners. The forest floor is still pockmarked with holes, enduring evidence of its gold mining history. All of the eucalyptus leaves in my collection were sourced in Newstead, not only because of its significance to this project, but also due to their remarkably singular shapes, in part the result of interventions by my insect ‘collaborators’, the Eucalyptus tip bugs that inhabit the undersides of the leaves.

My initial research included a study of historic Chinese women’s hairstyles. Reduced to shadow forms, however, these unknown women could equally be from any place or time, including the present. 

From the bower - patterns of collecting runs until 17 September. 

For extensive installation views of the show, visit Deborah Klein's Art Blog HERE.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE shortlisted for FAC Print Award and acquired by Monash University Library

Leaves of Absence, 2017, artist book, archival inkjet prints, 
cloth cover, ed: 10, 32.5 x 25.5 x 4.0 cm (closed) 
32.5 x 55.0 x 4 cm (open) 

Closely following the announcement that our unbound artist book, Leaves of Absence, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards (see previous post) comes the news that the book is a finalist in the 2017 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

In other exciting news, Leaves of Absence has been acquired for the permanent collection of Monash University Library. Pictured below are some page views of the book, photographed during the recent run of Between the Sheets - International artists' books 2017 at Australian Galleries Melbourne by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, and reproduced with their kind permission.

Title page of Leaves of Absence in Between the Sheets - International artists books 
2017 at Australian Galleries Melbourne. Photo by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence pages #2. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence page view #3. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Leaves of Absence page view #4. Photo credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison

Friday, June 16, 2017

LEAVES OF ABSENCE shortlisted for Geelong acquisitive print award

Leaves of absence, 2017, artist book, archival inkjet prints, cloth cover; ed. 5/10,
32.5 x 25.5 x 4.0 cm (closed) 32.5 x 55.0 x 4 cm (open). Printer: Luke Ingram

Further to recent posts, my artist book, Leaves of Absence, has just been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Geelong acquisitive print awards. 

The acquisitive awards and biennial exhibition will comprise 38 works by 39 established and emerging Australian artists. 

Shortlisted artists are: Benjamin Armstrong, Rosalind Atkins, Elizabeth Banfield, G.W Bot, Laura Castell, Jock Clutterbuck, Marian Crawford, Ben Fennessy, Dianne Fogwell, Peter Garnick, Kaye Green, Sue Grossman, Andrew Gunnell, Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Robert Hague, Rew Hanks, Carolyn Hawkins, Clare Humphries, Anita Iacovella, Michael Kempson, Deborah Klein, Jo Langley, Marion Manifold, Megan McPherson, David Nixon, Jiri Tibor Novak, Sharron Okines, Glenda Orr, Janet Parker-Smith, Jim Pavlidis, Stieg Persson, Ben Rak, Brian Robinson, Kati Thamo, Bridgit Thomas, Vanessa Wallace, Halina Wolski and Joel Wolter. 

The Geelong acquisitive print awards will run from 2 August - 8 October. 

Meanwhile, Leaves of Absence can be viewed in Between the sheets: international artists' books 2017 at Australian Galleries Melbourne until 2 July. (See previous two posts).

Leaves of Absence, page view 1

Leaves of Absence, page view 2