Happy New Year!!
A new year is a good time to update my website and art photography.
I've built this new site as a showcase for my woman photography in 3 styles:
- artistic nudes
This site is undergoing updating and is now responsive to mobile phones, tablets and iPads. Unfortunately, it will take a little longer for me to update the galleries on this site, so I created a new site.
I've posted some new work, so go and have a look.
It is pushing boundaries to have an art exhibition that relays on touch - we may bump into another person unexpectedly, or trip and hurt ourselves, or break something. Welcome to the world of vision impaired people who have to deal with these issues every day!
On Wednesday evening, 2 July, I was invited by my friend, Leonie Pye, to the opening of Touch - an installation exhibition held at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre, Canberra. Touch is an initiative of Canberra Blind Society and Tuggeranong Arts Centre as part of Community Cultural Inclusion Project (CCIP) and facilitated by artist Tony Steel.
After the formalities of speeches and the usual mingling with friends, we were allotted into groups to go into the installation. What an exciting experience! We had to take our shoes off and put on hospital ‘booties’! We placed our belongings on a shelf (which was watched by a staff member), then we were blindfolded! Each group is allocated guides to aid us as we go through the installation. To find our way around, there is a rope on the floor that we feel with our feet. Each artwork is marked by a piece of carpet which we can feel with our feet, so we know to put out our hands to feel for the artwork.
It is quite disorienting to be blindfolded in a public place and to try to touch things. Experiencing the art by touch is new to me. So many galleries and exhibitions explicitly state ‘Do not touch’.
There were artworks on the walls, on the floor and suspended from the ceiling. Sometimes I walked into the art; slats of wood, strings of beads and pieces of textured cloth draped over me as I moved through the exhibit. Other times I had to reach out to touch the artworks or my feet crunched on autumn leaves, or sand or pebbles.
In my lack of experience with this type of ’seeing’, I found it hard to understand the ’story’ behind some of the pieces. Leonie’s artwork was an exception. She had a shell shape with a sand texture and a shell sculpture inside. When I put my head inside, I heard the sound of the ocean and I listened to Leonie reading from her children’s story, “The Little Shell”, complete with a blessing at the end. It was a beautiful immersive experience.
A little further on, I felt a shoe. Logically, as my hand traced over it, there was a foot inside and slacks. Further up there was a knee. At that point I wondered, “How far do I put my hand?” Do I reach up further? “Is this a man or a woman?” Then laughed to myself, I don’t really want to know! Although it was not a real person it was funny.
The exhibition had an amazing range of textures, shapes and contrasts including: soft and hard, hot and cold, wet and dry, stable and moveable. I could have explored for longer, but time didn’t permit. I’ll go again with another friend. The exhibition is on until 12 July 2014.
Yes, women still have work to do to claim equality.
No Going Back – There’s Still a Long Way to Go
“Since 1960 I have been concerned with the creation of formal imagery that is specifically female, a new language that fuses mind and body into erotic objects that are namable and at the same time quite abstract. Its content has always related to my own body and feelings, reflecting pleasure as well as pain, the ambiguity and complexity of emotions." From Hannah Wilke, A Retrospective, University of Missouri Press, 1989
Two recent art exhibitions have brought forward this question of a specifically female “formal imagery”, but perhaps most importantly, have sought to re-examine the history of art through the work of female artists. These are WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution and Elles: SAM - Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists. Read More...
Once in a Blue Moon
Belconnen Artists’ Network is excited to announce—TIME—an exhibition at the Belconnen Community Centre Gallery from 18-28 March 2013 (26 Chandler St, Belconnen).
TIME exhibition will be opened by Dr Eva Papp from the Australian National University, Research School of Earth Sciences at 6:00pm on Wednesday 20 March 2013.
The Belconnen Community Centre Gallery is open from 9–5 on week days from 18-28 March 2013.
This exhibition’s theme of time is most appropriate as Belconnen Artists’ Network’s contribution to the centenary of Canberra.
The artists have explored multiple facets of time in extraordinary ways through physical changes, analogy, symbology and philosophy; using a wide range of media such as photography, sculpture, painting, digital media and textiles. The meanings and impacts of time are expressed in personal ways reflecting how each artist responds to and interacts with time.
Some of the ways the artists describe their work are:
• Natural peaceful contemplation
• Lost time
• A moment
• Aging process
• Life is finite
• Geological earth time
Artists represented in this exhibition have a wide range of experiences and have exhibited in Canberra, interstate and internationally.
TIME builds on their successful exhibition in the Belconnen Arts Centre last year and positions Belconnen Artists’ Network as a significant artist’s group in Canberra.
The opening speaker, Dr Eva Papp has experience interpreting visual imagery with remote sensing, multispectral imagery and mapping. Her deep knowledge of geological time gives her experiences of time on an expansive scale. It is a great honour to welcome Dr Eva Papp to the Belconnen Community Gallery to open the Time exhibition.
TIME - review by Margaret Kalms
Download an invitation for the exhibition and opening on 20 March at 6:00pm.
Map showing the location of Belconnen Community Centre Gallery. Note: it is near the library and ACT government shopfront.
It is alway humbling seeing great people and this exhibition is no exception. These women have achieved so much, overcoming significant opposition and even antagonism. Although a small exhibition, there are only 26 portraits, it is very memorable in the variety of fields that are represented. I thoroughly recommend a visit. You will be inspired.
I have written a short review focusing on several women whose interests and achievements compliment this blog.
Download the review:
First Ladies - Significant Australian Women 1913 - 2013: A review by Margaret Kalms
My photos are on display at the Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Rd, in Clapham, London, until 2 December 2012. They are printed on A3+ 310gsm Canson rag archival art paper. These photos are a part of my Period Piece collection and are not the ones as on My Woman Art Gallery page.
You can buy prints from Period Piece 2012.
Simply make your selection from the Gallery Shop page. Find the image you want, set the number of copies you want to buy (multiple copies are available), chose the paper style (either inkjet glossy or Canson rag paper) and click ‘Add to Cart’. Your payment will be managed by PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account; major credit cards are accepted.
Prints ordered will be printed and posted as soon as possible. Allow 10–15 days for me to arrange printing and shipping. Prints will be posted in a tube by registered post; shipping times are determined by the postal agencies involved.
If you wish, you may buy art print/s from ‘off the wall’ at the Awareness Centre in Clapham, London. Email me
Copyright in all images is owned by Margaret Kalms. Purchased prints may not be copied, photographed or reproduced.
If you are not happy with your purchase contact me within 30 days of delivery to arrange a refund and to return the print. Costs associated with returning any prints are born by the buyer.
Download Period Piece 2012 - catalogue
Alexandria and Sjanie at the workshop
I fully support my photos being used to enhance this workshop for women's creativity. My photos explore different meanings and symbolism associated with menstruation. I have used my own experience, the experiences of friends and relatives and learnt from myths and the images generated by the language women use for the body and slang euphemisms. My photography suits this workshop very well.
you will learn about the 4 key stages of the creative process and how they are intimately linked with the inner seasons of your cycle.With this understanding, you can: • Discover your secret time for accessing ideas, inspirations and visions • Find a natural motivation and finally give procrastination the boot • And learn about the vital role of the inner critic, and how to harness its power to serve rather than destroy what you are doing
Unleash Your Creativity Workshop: 10am-6pm, Sat 29th Sept 2012
Where: The Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Rd, Clapham, SW4 9JX www.theawarenesscentre.com
Cost: £85/£50 (students) For concession please apply
For more info: Phone: 07974388973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The photos will be hanging in the Awareness Centre after the workshop until the end of November.
Ginninderra Journeys explores the varied responses of the artists of Belconnen Artists Network. I had a sneak preview on the weekend and there is some stunning work...
- Several wall hanging style textile arts combine fabric, thread, dying techniques, fabric painting and collage.
- A representation of Ginninderra Falls painted in relief positively shimmers. The volcanic rocks emerge like children’s blocks from the canvas, offsetting a forest background with a twisted tree featured.
- A peaceful poem, inspired by a visit to a prominent park in the region, is surrounded by graphite and charcoal palm fronds.
- A woollen cloak billows in the breeze that wafts by as someone walks past. The cloak is embellished with embroidered spring flowers and a lavish felt flower clasp.
- A suitcase, covered in the dust and stickers of many travels, is marked by the hand and footprint of its owner as if she is about to arrive at any moment and continue on her journey.
- A tourist town is featured in bright colours in axiomatic projection like a Chinese map. All the landmarks are immediately recognisable and brightly coloured.
- A fun night panorama with model cars driving to to enjoy the lady of the night.
- A hospital facade with windows filled with the journey of life starting with birth and ending with death and many body dramas in between.
- Four lizards expressing different aspects of the river’s personality.
- A parliament of frogmouth owls chicks sit together on a log ready for their maiden flight.
- Travellers with horses explore the National Bicentennial Trail.
I invite all my followers to the opening on Friday 7 September, 6:00pm at the Belconnen Arts Centre.
Science, Art, Theology, Ecology - these are usually very different realms with the specialists in each field having little connections with other fields. Illuminated Musings merges these disparate realms into an enjoyable and educational experience. The exhibition is inspirational and breaks new ground.
Illuminated Musings, two local artists joining together to explore the art of abundance with encaustic paintings and Bible ecology theology with photography and montage.
Susan Hey's encaustic paintings highlight the small delights of life in a traditional style of art using layers of wax, paint, collage and objects. Her work invites the viewer to notice everyday blessings and joys. Her work has a depth and beauty that engages the viewer and invites contemplation.
Margaret Kalms' art brings the Bible into the modern world merging science, theology and art. She brings a fresh interpretation to nature based Bible verses, using photography embellished with three dimensional objects including real ants on pins which are on loan from CSIRO entomology. This merging of ideas articulates difficult topics such as, extinct species, sustainable harvesting, weed management and the origins of language.
See Illuminated Musings at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt. The exhibition is open on Saturday 7 April, Sunday 8 April (Easter) and Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 April 2012. Artists' talks on Saturday 14 April 2012 at 3:00pm.
Strathnairn Homestead Gallery has a pleasant cafe which serves lunch, coffee, tea and cakes and it is set amongst rural gardens and artists’ studios.
The exhibition is free to visit so bring a friend and come and have a pleasant outing in the countryside in west Belconnen, Canberra.
“Abundance is watching a dragonfly” encaustic painting by Susan Hey
Life is a blessing. The simple things in life can delight us and inspire us. This dragon fly is fragile and has a short life, but the joy it gave will live on in this exquisite painting.
“Not One Sparrow Falls to the Ground without your Father knowing” digital photograph and bird by Margaret Kalms
Matthew 10:29 The sparrow and crested pigeon are dead. Life and death happens around us all the time. Most of us, living our busy lives, do not notice when other species die unless it is a farm animal or a pet. God cares about the lives of all of his creation. Humans have a huge impact on other species, individuals die and whole species die. They die because of human actions. God knows when each bird (or mammal, or frog, or flower or tree) falls to the ground. There is an arrogance in the human enterprise when we think we can destroy so many living things without any consequences - as if God does not notice!
Illuminated Musings Poster
There is still embarrassment and reluctance by many people to frankly discuss diseases and problems with our sexual organs, even with health professionals. Some women find that problems with their vulva or periods are not investigated thoroughly because they are not visible. Some women suffer for years in silence as a result.
SHFPACT (Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT) are hosting an event celebrating women’s intimate health. Tim Bavinton, the executive director was so impressed with my art, he suggested that I exhibit my work in the SHFACT Training Room as part of the IGAD celebrations. This is a great honour.
IGAD will be opened by Professor Frank Bowden at 7:30pm, 10th September and the exhibition will run from 12-23rd September. Prof Bowden is the professor of medicine at ANU and has recently published a book, Gone Viral -The Germs That Share Our Lives.
My art photos will be for sale as signed limited edition (25) prints, on archival rag paper. When I exhibited at PhotoAccess last year, I donated to endometriosis research and this year when I exhibited in Sydney in March, I donated to UN women Australia. During this exhibition at SHFPACT, I will donate 5% of sales to SHFPACT and 5% to endometriosis research.
International Gynaecological Awareness Day, a day to realise how intricately and wonderfully God made women - and God made all parts of women good.
Download the invitation.
There will be 20 photographs on display! Since my solo exhibition last year at PhotoAccess, I have done more photography and added 10 new photographs. All are original art photographic prints and are available for sale. This is a limited edition of 25, signed by me and printed on archival rag Canson paper.
It is my great honour to introduce Dr Sue Beautum, MBBS FAMAC who will open this exhibition. Dr Sue Beautum has had a life-long passion to be a doctor with a special interest in women and children’s health. Since the 90s she has been fascinated by acupuncture as a therapy and has incorporated this into her practice. She received the John Woodley Memorial Prize for her academic achievement, being top in Australia in her acupuncture studies.
Dr Sue Beautum often combines western medicine with acupuncture, using acupuncture as an adjunct to or alternative to drugs, many of which have unpleasant side effects. Like traditional chinese medicine, she sees women as part of their environment. She takes a holistic view of healing. In many cases, painful, heavy periods can be managed by acupuncture. Regulation of the menstrual cycle can be achieved in many women with the use of acupuncture. Later in life, acupuncture can ameliorate the symptoms of menopause reducing reliance on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Dr Sue Beautum agrees with my aims of giving women’s intimate health issues a voice. She sees that good communication and good imagery can open the dialogue between women and health professionals.
I will be raising money for UN Women Australia during this exhibition.
Here is the invitation to the opening. Invite your friends and join with me for a drink and nibbles at Polymorph Art Gallery,
7:30pm on Tuesday, 8th March, 2011, International Women’s Day.
Where: Polymorph Art Gallery
Level 1, 7/82 Enmore Road, Newtown, NSW, Australia
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 11am - 6pm
It is a beautiful photograph with the boy standing in front of a rose bush and decorated with toy eyes. His stance is relaxed and observing the viewer. He is wearing slacks, but no shirt. Unfortunately the Sydney Children’s Hospital board has deemed this image as inappropriate to use in their fundraising art exhibition - because of a lack of a shirt.
This is very sad. When did a child’s chest become offensive? Do we have to place children in Burkas to satisfy the conservatives? Artists are becoming afraid to represent children at all.
“The fear around any form of representation of children is rendering them invisible.” Tamara Winikoff from the National Association for the Visual Arts said.
“The depiction of children in art has steadily diminished in recent decades as attitudes to childhood itself have changed.” Felicity Fenner, Guest editor, Artlink magazine.
Surely a children’s hospital should celebrate depictions of children, especially beautiful images such as this one. I cannot fathom why the photo is deemed inappropriate by the hospital board. The boy was Del Kathryn Barton’s son and he is not doing anything provocative.
If a bare chested child is seen as offensive, then heaven help the surf life-saving community. Life-savers have been an integral part of Australia’s identity, along with beaches and the outdoors generally. Go to any beach or swimming pool in the country and you will see dozens of bare chested children playing joyously, feeling free.
These incidents are becoming more frequent. Art is being censored by conservative attitudes that restrict artists’ freedom of expression. I do not think that art should be held to ransom by a small alarmist minority. Do not get me wrong, artistic freedom is not a licence to harm anyone. But there is absolutely no evidence that any harm has been done or even has the potential to be done by showing this photo. Is our community becoming afraid of the body? Are some people so afraid of their sexuality that they are projecting their sexuality onto children. This boy is not posed in a sexy way, he is simply standing. He is obviously not afraid of the camera or the viewer. He does not look pressured in any way.
As I said in my Christmas Greetings, God made our bodies and we should take joy in that and celebrate how wonderful our bodies are. We should all feel a great sense of dignity in living in bodies that God has made. “For we are God’s workmanship,” Ephesians 2:10. This boy stands with dignity.
As an artist, I am concerned what this means for my art practice. Some of my women look very young but I make sure all my models are over 18, even checking their ID if I am unsure.
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Cheralyn does not criticise our waste. Instead she transforms it and creates beauty.
The birds are appealing to us to think of them within all our clutter. The Galah is holding it’s egg, but it was broken, exposing the inside. Unexpectedly, there was no downy chick inside, instead there were clockwork cogs and mechanisms almost like the egg was a ticking time bomb! Is this how we have treated birds? Is this the consequence of modern living?
These sculptures provoke different thinking about bird and human relationships.
I am greatly honoured that Cheralyn will be exhibiting with me next year from 8-20 March at Polymorph gallery, Newtown.
The Church Gallery is a small heritage cottage behind the George Harcourt Inn. It is surrounded by mature trees and lawns which create a peaceful setting.
As you come in the door, you are greeted by a mannequin wearing unique chic clothing made from a textile called Ozifelt, a blend of merino wool and silk. This fabric is soft to touch, light to wear and warm, yet does not feel too hot in summer. A perfect fabric to wear during changing seasons. These clothes are designed by Sue Berger.
Along the walls are photos by Jimalyn Lawless, Margaret Kalms, Pauline Mager and Nancy Hamilton. These photos show aspects of Belconnen in unexpected ways, some showing themes that are often overlooked. Paul Haslam and John Hamilton have thought provoking collages. Also included are painting digital art, drawing and work with fire.
I have four photos in this exhibition.
Overall the exhibition is an experience to treasure.
Download the catalogue.
During my research for this exhibition, I was alarmed and shocked by the extent of suffering that women with Endometriosis experience. Endometriosis can be an extremely debilitating disease and it is not well understood. Many women suffer in silence because this disease is so unseen. One of my aims is to articulate this pain in a way that affirms the dignity of the suffering women and promotes further research into treatments.
I pledged a portion of the sale proceeds to be donated to Endometriosis research. Several images sold permitting me to donate $186 to Endometriosis research.
The opening night of “Period Piece”
My solo exhibition, “Period Piece” will be held in the Huw Davies Gallery, Manuka Circle, Griffith, ACT.
Period Piece is a statement of respect for women’s bodies, not a response to men’s fantasies. The subtle eroticism and sexuality are used to express what being a woman feels like, with a focus on what menstruation means and feels like in emotional and philosophically symbolic terms.
Because all clothing is a product of a particular culture and time in history, many of the women in “Period Piece” are naked. Nude bodies reduce the distracting influences and are therefore timeless. I use black and white to represent any woman regardless of ethnicity. These images express experiences common to all women.
In many cultures and in the past women have been taught to feel shame about menstruation. There are many rituals and exclusions that frame the menstruating woman as dirty, polluting and someone to avoid. My photographs challenge these prejudices and tabus. My images are confronting, dramatic and surprising, but they are also beautiful and designed to enhance women’s perception of themselves.
Secrecy, prejudice and lack of knowledge can have health implications for vulnerable women. It is difficult for some women to candidly discuss their menstrual problems even with doctors. This body of work helps to open that dialogue. To support women’s health I am donating 10% of sales towards endometriosis research.
I am thrilled that Dr Anne Sneddon, specialist from Canberra Endometriosis Centre will open this exhibition.
The exhibition features 14 original digital photographs printed on archival rag (Canson) in a limited edition of 25 signed prints.
“Period Piece” images are not shown on this website. Ten of the images have not been exhibited before.
You are invited to the opening at 6:00pm on Thursday 20th May.
15 Wallaroy Drive
Burrill Lake NSW
Opening celebration, 4:00-6:00pm Saturday 3rd October, Hibiscus Gallery.
I have been working on a few photographs that show my interpretation of Naked Flames. These are new photographs, not seen before, cheeky, unusual and a bit provocative. One of my images has been chosen to publicise the show on the official ArtFest website. Just click on the Naked Flames tab.
I am excited about entering an exhibition called "Body Language" being held at the Hibiscus Gallery, 15 Wallaroy Drive Burrill Lake, from 22 September to 6 October 2007, open daily 10am to 5pm. There many very talented artists participating in this exhibition. Their varied contributions will make "Body Language" an exciting event.
Currently I am preparing six photos for this exhibition. Five of these photos are new and have not been shown anywhere else. They are not posted on this site.
Three of my photos are the sub-theme of "country girl", a light-hearted view of women in country life. The other three photos are the sub-theme of "veil", a look at how a woman shows or hides her body and how that covering affects her identity.
I invite you all to come to the Hibiscus Gallery to see this exhibition and meet me at the opening. Spend the weekend, or a week or more, and enjoy the exciting events happening during ArtFest .
Introducing Tanya Menzies, a sculptor who grew up in country Australia. She has a degree in Graphic Arts from Charles Sturt University. She has worked in the photographic industry and edited and designed the newsletter for Wagga Wagga Art Society.
She has created shimmering sculptures out of wire mesh, decorated with beads that sparkle like jewels. She is inspired by the female form and ideas of motherhood. Tanya was raised on a farm near Ardlethan. Born an artist, she was often in trouble for stealing pieces out of her father's shed to make fanciful mobiles, wind chimes, sculptures and anything else artistic she could dream up. After finishing school Tanya completed a BA in Graphic Design at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. In the course of her studies she worked on the student newspaper and as a freelance graphic designer. After graduating Tanya worked for a number of years in the photographic industry, restoring and manipulating photographic images. She also worked with the Wagga Wagga Art Society as their newsletter editor and in-house designer.
Along with her husband, Tanya has now returned to the land and the life she loves most. With a son and daughter aged five and three respectively, and a revitalising place to call home, life has come full circle. Tanya is looking forward to the next phase with all the creativity, passion and love she can muster.
She describes her work:
Although my interest ebbs and flows from one artistic venture to the next, I have been held for some time by the endless aesthetic qualities and possibilities of wire and wire mesh. More recently, the magic of beads has come into play. My preference for these materials has combined with my recent life experiences in the current body of work.
Essentially, the work is an exploration of womanly creation - what it is to create a new life, give birth and become a mother. There is no doubt that the experience can be emotionally and physically overwhelming, but it is also magic in its purest form. The work is intended to reflect this. It is unapologetically feminine and celebrates an experience that lives with a woman forever.