21 September - 15 October
“These goddesses and female winged creatures come to me as stories, and often act as my guardians,” says artist and printmaker Jan Melville. “They are created from my own mythology, and protect not only me, but the environment.
I feel that they have a big role to play in the landscape.”
The strong women and female beings featured in Jan’s exhibition include butterflies, moths and birds, as well as goddesses. One powerful presence is Insect Girl, who, according to Jan’s mythology, lives in the gardens along with her tribe of insects.
“The winged insects face an uncertain future. My ongoing concern is their decline due to habitat destruction, climate change and pollution. Insect Girl is here as a watcher and protector.”
Insect Girl is one of several lino prints in Wings for Flight. The exhibition also features assemblage and mixed media, including a series of printed cockatoo feathers, a woman’s flight helmet made of woven feathers and paper flowers, and a fertility totem featuring two winged goddesses.
“All of my mythological creatures are beautiful and iconic. They represent freedom, beauty and peace.”
Every piece in the exhibition is hand made, created or printed by Jan in her Blue Mountains studio (except Insect Girl herself, which was designed and cut by Jan but printed by master printmaker Gary Shinfield).
Jan will be sharing her process in a relief print workshop in the gallery on 6 October, where Jan will discuss topics such as safe carving, how to transfer images onto the plate, and the differences in various types of paper, before participants create their own lino or vinyl cut print on the day.