Sunday, February 24, 2013

Flight - a linocut in progress

This week I've taken a temporary break from making artist's books to work on a linocut. It's destined for a group exhibition in Granada, Spain. The theme is open, but there is a designated size, namely 18 x 18 cm. I find it challenging to work within a square framework, even though I've used that format frequently in recent years, most notably the Winged Women paintings and linocuts (2010) and Moth Women linocuts (2009). These, however, were images that naturally lent themselves to square formats.

For this project I wanted the linocut to be reflective of my current silhouette-based imagery. But I discovered that the silhouette pictures tend to work best as vertical compositions - particularly the extended vertical format of concertina books (see below).

Then I remembered the silhouette painting Flight Path, 2012, which was also made for an exhibition that dictated a square format. (See Blog Post December 5, 2012). This work became the basis for my linocut Flight. I've made substantial changes to the original composition.

The block for Flight in various stages of development is pictured above. The image was drawn onto the lino in India ink and white acrylic paint. The third image from the top shows the block ready to edition.

By way of contrast, to see the unique silhouette book A Tall Tale in progress (a detail is pictured above) visit Moth Woman Press HERE.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Heads Up: The Moth Woman Vigilantes Coins

A second resounding bombshell has been dropped less than 24 hours after Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard controversially announced a September 14 Federal Election. Following months of persistent rumours, the Moth Woman Vigilantes have confirmed the formation of their own Apolitical Party.

The Prime Minister has come to regret calling the election date so early. Due to overwhelming public pressure, both the present Government and the Coalition have already considered conceding defeat. If this landmark precedent is set, the electorate will also be spared several excruciating months of false promises and relentless mud slinging.

Anticipating a landslide victory, the MWV have commissioned a full set of Coins of the Realm. These handsome coins substantiate another rumour: from election day forward, the former Penal Colony of Australia will be known as the Republic of Mothstralia. 

Under this new regime, the MWV pledge that the cost of living will dramatically plummet. Accordingly, they have re-introduced one and two cent coins. Pictured bottom row, far right is an example of the reverse side of the coins.

2013 has already been decreed Year of the Moth, and a solid gold limited edition Commemorative Coin has also been minted.

The name Mothstralia was originally coined by James Bucanek. In gratitude, the Moth Woman Vigilante Apolitical Party will bestow on him its highest honour, the Order of Mothstralia. The formal ceremony will take place on the evening of September 14, immediately following their Election Day Victory Speech. 

The original artwork for the MWV Coins of the Realm, the MWV Commemorative Coin and the Order of Mothstralia Medal is by Deborah Klein. Designs were completed in the iPad Face on Coins app.

From top:
Coins of the Realm
Moth Woman Vigilantes Commemorative Coin: obverse and reverse sides
Order of Mothstralia Medal

For more about the Moth Woman Vigilantes coins, visit Moth Woman Press.