DEBORAH PAAUWE

DEBORAH PAAUWE

b. 1972, West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

Deborah Paauwe was born in December of 1972 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of Chinese and Dutch heritage. During her childhood she travelled the world with her missionary parents and two brothers and in 1985 moved to Australia with her family. In 1994, Deborah graduated from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual Arts) and in 2000 completed her MA in Fine Art Degree at the Chelsea School of Art, London. Deborah Paauwe exhibits regularly and widely and is presently based in South Australia with her artist husband Mark Kimber and son Dash.

www.deborahpaauwe.com

“Whether portraying an image of a girl tying a ribbon on her friend's pony tail, an adult woman's legs entwined with those of a girl, or two nude women lying side by side under see-through fabric, Deborah Paauwe's photographs are hauntingly mysterious.”

(excerpt from Deborah Paauwe: Beautiful Games (book review) by Penny Craswell, 2004

 

STOLEN RIDDLES
2015
THE PAINTED MIRROR
2012
THE YELLOW LINE
2010
CAROUSEL
2008
THE CRYING ROOM
2006
CHINESE WHISPERS
2004
DARK FABLE SERIES
2004
MILK WHITE SHADOW
2004
BIOGRAPHY
1972
Born, Pennsylvania, United States
1985
Arrived, Adelaide, Australia
1994
Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual Arts), South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia
1996
Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts), University of South Australia MA Fine Art Degree (Combined Media), Chelsea School of Art, The London Institute, UK (Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship)
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Stolen Riddles, GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2014 The Untold Story, Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
2013 The Untold Story, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2012 The Painted Mirror, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide The Painted Mirror & selected works, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2010 The Yellow Line, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide The Yellow Line, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne The Yellow Line, Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2009 The Yellow Line, Criterion Gallery, Hobart Carousel, Johnston Gallery, Perth Carousel, Queensland Centre for Photography, Qld
2008 Carousel, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Carousel, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Carousel, Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2007 The Crying Room, Johnston Gallery, Perth Recent work, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
2006 The Crying Room, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide The Crying Room, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
2005 Magic Window, Sherman Galleries, Sydney Magic Window, & selected works, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne Small Hours, & Dark Fables, The Church Gallery, Perth Festival, WA
2004 Chinese Whispers, Small Hours, & Dark Fables, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Chinese Whispers, Small Hours, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand Beautiful Games, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Once in a lullaby, Samstag Program’s Disclosures series of one-day artist projects, Elder Park Rotunda, Adelaide, South Australia
2002 Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Fundacion Pi y Margall, Madrid, Spain Double Dutch, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Gallery Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain Tuesday’s Child, Gallery 4A, Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney Rainbow Days, Mori Gallery, Sydney Gossamer Curtain, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Tuesday’s Child, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Sugar Nights, John Curtin Gallery, Perth Violet Window, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Art Lifts: Lifting Art, lift installations, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2000 Sugar Nights, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1998 Blue Room, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1996 Pillow Talk, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1994 Nu-ren, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Unsettling Memories, Murray Art Museum Albury, New South Wales, Australia MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize, exhibition, Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW 2016 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, exhibition, Gold Coast City Art Gallery Spring 1883 Melbourne, The Windsor, Melbourne(GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery) O -site, exhibition, Work Club, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Michael Reid) springART, Loreto College, Adelaide, Australia
2015 Penumbral Tales, Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, Adelaide, Australia Wall Power: Significant Contemporary Australian Photography & Photomedia, Michael Reid, Sydney Just Paper, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia Highlights from the MGA Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC, Australia springART, Loreto College, Adelaide, Australia (Feature Artist)
2014 Photo LA, Queensland Centre for Photography stand, LA Mart, Los Angeles, USA Seventh Skin, Hatch Contemporary Art Space, Ivanhoe, VIC, Australia Shimmer Photography Festival 2014, Onkaparinga Gallery, The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga, SA, Australia Not Just a Pretty Face, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia
2013 Revealed2: CollectorSpace, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia Under My Skin: contemporary Australian photography from the Corrigan Collection, Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD, Australia Blue and Pink Phenomenon, The Substation Centre for Art & Culture, VIC, Australia NEWv3: Selected recent acquisitions, UQ Art Museum, QLD, Australia 10 Years: 30 Residencies, Turner Galleries, Perth, Australia In[Two]Art, touring exhibition, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW & Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC, Australia
2012 Deep Space: new acquisitions from the Australian art collection, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide Art Stage Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, (Greenaway Art Gallery Stand) In[Two]Art, touring exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney and Orange Regional Gallery, NSW
2011 Black Box White Cube, the Arts Centre, Melbourne Group exhibition, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2010 Imagining the Everyday, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China Snapshot, Latrobe University Museum of Art (MUNA), Melbourne In[two]art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009 Group exhibition, Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand 2000+ Contemporary Works from Bendigo Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC Fashion loves Art, L'oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne and touring roadmovies, 2009 Adelaide Film Festival, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide Opening exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Vertigo, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2008 Opening exhibition, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife, Spain The truth of the matter, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC Chaos and Revelry, Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Victoria 2008 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld
2007 Artissima, ART14, Art Fair, Torino, Italy, in association with Sutton Gallery, Melbourne Fotonoviembre 2007, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain SALA Festival exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Re(action), Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales 2007 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, VIC
2006 onetoeightandcounting, SALA Festival exhibition, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide Dutch Under, Canvas International Art, Netherlands Back to Back, AWI photographic exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne Crash (and other earthly pleasures), 2006 Perth International Arts Festival, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia Changeling, Australian Centre for Photography touring exhibition, Hobart City Council Carnegie Gallery, TAS and Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC Ex[posed], photographic images of the body, La Trobe University Art Museum, VIC.
2005 The Children's Hour, Museum of New Art (MONA), Michigan, USA Citigroupe Private Bank Australian Photographic Prize exhibition, high commendation, Art Gallery of NSW Untold Stories, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic
2004 Surface Tension, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia Universal Playground, 2004 Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide, South Australia
2003 A Mix, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Naarden Foto Festival, Netherlands Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland City of Hobart Art Prize 2003, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania Hermanns Art Award, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne and touring Australia Second Sight, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane ACT XII: new works on paper, Victorian Arts Centre, George Adams Gallery, Melbourne and touring Recent works from 2002, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, South Australia; Watch This Space, Alice Springs, NT Photographica Australis, touring to major galleries and museums throughout Asia Fotonoviembre 2003, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2002 Goldcoast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne 32 nd Alice Prize, The Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Alice Springs Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland Hermes Photography Project, 476 Pitt Street, Sydney Photographica Australis, Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2001 The Syntax of Style, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, touring Australia Shoot!, Australian Photography from the Corrigan Collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland City of Hobart Art Prize 2000 Exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania 2001 National Photographic Purchase Award, Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales SALA Week ‘01 Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia Fotonoviembre 2001, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2000 MA Fine Art Exhibition, Chelsea School of Art, The London Institute, London, UK Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, Monash University, VIC and touring Australia Young New Artists, Gallery Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain Chemistry, Art in South Australia 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia Melbourne Art Fair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Defiling the Object, Gabriel Gallery, VIC; The Substation Gallery, Singapore
1997 The Measured Room, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia AGFA National Photographic Award Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales The Hutchins School Art Prize Exhibition, The Long Gallery, Tasmania EVA ‘97, Emerging Visual Arts Exhibition, Pulteney Grammar School, Adelaide 1998 ACAF 6, Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Defiling the Object, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide The 1998 Alice Prize, The Araluen Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Alice Springs 1999 Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, AGSA, AGNSW, NGA, RMIT Gallery, Australia ARCO ’99, International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain ( Greenaway Art Gallery Stand) The Measured Room, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne SALA Week ‘99 Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia We are Australian, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts Exhibition, George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre …and all things nice; These Anxious Moments… These Anxious Times, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaid e Picture This, SATEP Touring Exhibition, touring throughout Australia The Child Within, Adelaide Central Gallery National Photographic Purchase Award Exhibition, Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales.
1996 Hearsay: new photo artists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1995 Recent Acquisitions, Moët & Chandon Art Acquisitions Fund Exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia
COLLECTIONS
Adelaide University, South Australia, Australia; Albury Regional Art Centre, New South Wales, Australia; Araluen Centre for the Arts, Northern Territory, Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Artbank, New South Wales, Australia; Australia Council for the Arts, New South Wales, Australia; Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia; BHP Billiton Collection, Melbourne, Australia; Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Spain; Canvas International Art, Netherlands; City of Onkaparinga, South Australia; Collection of Anthony and Heather Podesta, USA; Corrigan Collection, New South Wales, Australia; Curtin University, Perth, Australia; Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia; Fundacion Pi y Margall, Madrid, Spain; Geelong Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia; Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia; La Trobe University Art Collection, Victoria, Australia; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia; McClelland Gallery, Victoria, Australia; Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia; Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Australia; Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; National Gallery of Australia, Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington, DC, USA; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia; Newcastle Gallery, New South Wales, Australia; Queen Victoria Museum, Tasmania, Australia; Queensland Centre for Photography, Queensland, Australia; Reg & Sally Richardson Collection, New South Wales, Australia; Riddoch Art Gallery, South Australia; Samstag Collection, University of South Australia; St Peter’s College, South Australia; St Peter’s Collegiate Girls School, South Australia; Sussan Corporation Collection, Melbourne; University of Queensland Art Collection, Queensland, Australia; Victorian Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia; Wesfarmers Collection, Perth, Australia; Wilderness School, South Australia

[ book review:  Deborah Paauwe: Beautiful Games By Wendy Walker Wakefield Press ]

Whether portraying an image of a girl tying a ribbon on her friend's pony tail, an adult woman's legs entwined with those of a girl, or two nude women lying side by side under see-through fabric, Deborah Paauwe's photographs are hauntingly mysterious.

Undeniably beautiful images, they are mysterious not only individually, because the faces of the subjects are always hidden, but also through their juxtaposition - her photographs show little girls, adolescents and women (sometimes their ages are unclear) - little girls dressing up to be "grown up" and adult women in fairytale costumes.

All of the images also convey varying degrees of implied eroticism - they show women sharing beds with little girls (which implies a sleep-over or mother/daughter relationship) and with each other.

None of the images of girls is actually erotic and all could be interpreted as innocent, but the similarity of innocent sleep-over images containing little girls and erotic images of mature women sharing a nude embrace are deliberately confusing.

Paauwe has admitted that in her images "there is a delicate balance between voyeurism and something that could be perceived as more disturbing".

In this new monograph of Paauwe's work, Wendy Walker discusses these issues of "the gaze" and voyeurism, placing Paauwe's work within the context of feminist and post-feminist theory. She discusses the similarity of her work to that of artists such as Cindy Sherman who first experimented with "filmic" photography and also points out how Paauwe's life experiences and exploration of femininity from girlhood through adolescence and on to womanhood have come to influence her work.

This book also shows some of Paauwe's new work in the series "Chinese Whispers". In this new work, for the first time, the girls' faces are painted and, although face-painting is ordinary for children and quite innocent, there is a sinister quality to these images, as if Paauwe wants to show us the faces she has been hiding for so many years as bestial.

The themes of games in earlier images like Glass Slipper and Slipperless are repeated in images of doll houses and there is a new open eroticism to paintings such as Tangled Whisper, featured on the cover of the book.

Here, the intimacy between the two adult women is not covered by a layer of cloth - it is out in the open, if privately shared between the two.

Paauwe has come a long way since the initial innocence of her earliest photographs - the portrayal of individual girls at play.

It seems that her work has evolved from a simple evocation of her childhood to a more sophisticated look at the stages of childhood, adolescence and womanhood, including an increasingly open and up-front sexuality and eroticism.

Penny Craswell, 2004

Penny Craswell is an arts writer and communications manager for the National Association for the Visual Arts.

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