Category: Kate Riley

Tiliqua Studio joins MOST

Tiliqua Studio is part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail for 2015!

Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of March, we will be opening our studio doors to anyone and everyone who is interested to see inside. There will be work on display from the artists and designers who call Tiliqua Studio home, and (with luck) a chance to see the printing presses in action.

When: 11 am to 4 pm | Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th March 2015

Where: 40 Hutchinson St, St Peters

beach walk (Murramurang)

An ongoing series documenting walks along the high tide mark on Murramurang Beach on the south coast of New South Wales. A lovely beach, a wonderful walk. Just point the iPhone and shoot, whatever it captures, I draw. Highlight walks include the strangeness of seeing dozens of freshly dead fish, swept in by the storm the night before, stretching in a line along the beach to the confusion of the gulls.

CHARCOAL PENCIL on bfk rives
66 x 50 cm


time and tide

In the first week of November, Michele and Kate put up a short-lived (but greatly enjoyable) exhibition at the Watch House Gallery, Balmain. The show focussed on their prints, drawings and artist’s books inspired by the ephemera and detritus deposited at the high tide mark.

Thank you to everyone who made it to the show. Watch out for the next Tiliqua Studio exhibition to be held at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery in April next year.

drawings and studies

At the beginning of the year (how can it be August already?) I formulated a plan to execute a series of drawings of the girls as they make the inevitable journey through puberty. They may move faster thank I can keep up, though…


and I keep worrying at my bones.


Michele and I have been busy playing with the possibilities of adding carborundum to our toolkit. After several weeks of experiments and expletives we have completed the first panels of what we are hoping to be a larger work based on the theme of ‘tidelines’ (inspired by Michele’s artist book of the same name).

2012 / carborundum, etching, woodblock and emboss / 40 x 160 cm

murramarang walk

In April I took the family for a walk along the best beach in the world (at least for us) to check in on the remains of a whale that had washed up a few months before. It was the day after a big storm, the light was clear and strong and the beach was littered with seaweed that had been torn up by the waves. In amongst the weed were scores of newly dead fish. I have never seen anything like it before, even the gulls seemed perplexed.

The weed (and fish) made wonderful patterns along the beach. Inspiring patterns! These are a the start of a series of studies, which hopefully will translate into part of the larger work that Michele and I have launched ourselves into. So, it’s loose and expressive carborundum experiments by day, and these by night…



These mezzotints are a series I have been working on (off and on) for several years dealing with the resonance of empty spaces and discarded objects.

… Houses and bodies
have memories, but forget.
Things drop through cracks.
Mice chew old letters…
from Habitat by Judith Wright

… A house that has been experienced is not an inert box. …
Objects that are cherished…are born of an intimate light, and they attain a higher degree of reality than indifferent objects… they produce a new reality of being.
from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard