Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice.
My first love is printmaking and in particular linoprinting. I like to create my prints by handprinting with a Japanese print baren. I grew up in country NSW and my love of drawing and all artistic processes began at an early age. At the age of seven I decided I wanted to be an artist. Following a Bachelor of Visual Arts at University of New England and a Masters at Monash Uni, I have taught Visual Arts to both adults and children. I regularly exhibit in both solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. I was lucky enough to be a successful finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, the Silkcut and twice in the Blake Prize. My work is featured in the Silkcut collection at the National Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Arts Council of NSW, Southern Cross University and Inverell Shire Council. In 2015 I completed a residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Arts Centre at Lake Annaghmakerrig in Ireland and at NZ Pacific Studios in 2016.
Why did you enter the FAC Print Award? Is this your first time being part of the award?
I enter the FAC Print Award most years as it’s the most prestigious print prize in the country. I was part of the award in 1993 and it’s taken me 26 years to be successful again!
Tell us about your work in this year’s FAC Print Award?
Pebbles is a kind of memento mori, a reminder of our own mortality. Stones were here before us and will still be here when we are gone. In pre-history when life and art were more aligned and nature was an integral part of life, stones represented many things like fertility, connection between the earth and sky and talismans, and were used to create historic cairns and tombs. The image celebrates the aesthetic and tactile nature of pebbles and the evocative power of the stone as object or image.
What do you think about the state of contemporary Australian printmaking?
Printmaking has always lagged behind painting in Australian contemporary art. I believe that this is because people need to be educated as to what an original print is. It’s not something you buy at Kmart or Big W for example. As a printmaker I feel responsible for educating the general population and I do this by demonstrating at exhibitions, conducting workshops and educating young people in schools. In my current position as a secondary visual arts teacher, I teach all forms of printmaking regularly. I have also conducted professional development for primary school teachers and work with pre-schools. Competitions and exhibitions such as the FAC Print Award are extremely valuable in furthering the cause of contemporary printmaking in Australia.
What’s up next? Where else can people see your work? (other exhibitions, projects etc.)
I am working on a new body of work featuring colour separation in linoprinting, such as is created in digital photography. Pebbles is a 12-colour separation. My next print is a 25-color print reduction and after that I’ll do 50 colours. My work can be seen on my website www.nadiakliendanze.com.au. I intend to apply for other residencies within Australia next year and then the following year in Skye, Scotland.