hotam press




2020.01.25 - 03.14

Lise Melhorn-Boe

Sewing Poems

Opening: 2 - 5 PM, Saturday, January 25

Artist’s talk at 3 PM


Lise Melhorn-Boe has been making artist’s books for 40 years. Her early work explored issues of gender. Later, she began examining the roles of mother and wife, the socialization of children and how fairy tales reflect our attitudes. Breast cancer brought her attention to how our environment affects our collective health, which led to books made of recycled materials.


In this mini-retrospective to celebrate her 40th Anniversary in art making, Melhorn-Boe will exhibit selected work from her vast oeuvre of artist’s books throughout her long career. Along side with the archival materials, the artist will also debut her current ongoing project, Sewing Poems – a body of work using fabric and various sewing techniques to explore poems about sewing.


Lise Melhorn-Boe was born in Noranda, Quebec. She studied at the University of Guelph (B.A.) and received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe and South America. Her work is collected both privately and by public institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, Tate London, and MoMA, as well as many university libraries, such as Harvard, Yale and UCLA.


Lise Melhorn-Boe currently lives in Kingston, Ontario. More information is available at


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