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

2016

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
2015Stolen Riddles, GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2014The Untold Story, Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
2013The Untold Story, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2012The Painted Mirror, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
The Painted Mirror & selected works, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2010The Yellow Line, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
The Yellow Line, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
The Yellow Line, Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2009The Yellow Line, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
Carousel, Johnston Gallery, Perth
Carousel, Queensland Centre for Photography, Qld
2008Carousel, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Carousel, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Carousel, Chaffers Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2007The Crying Room, Johnston Gallery, Perth.
Recent work, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales.
2006The Crying Room, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.
The Crying Room, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
Deborah Paauwe: photographic works, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong.
2005Magic Window, Sherman Galleries, Sydney.
Magic Window, & selected works, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne.
Small Hours, & Dark Fables, The Church Gallery, Perth Festival, WA.
2004Chinese Whispers, Small Hours, & Dark Fables, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.
Chinese Whispers, Small Hours, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
2003Deborah 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
2002Deborah 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
2001Tuesday’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
2000Sugar Nights, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1998Blue Room, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1996Pillow Talk, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1994Nu-ren, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015Penumbral Tales, Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Wall Power: Significant Contemporary Australian Photography & Photomedia, Michael Reid, Sydney, Australia
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)
2014Photo 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
2013Revealed2: 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
2012Deep 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
2011Black Box White Cube, the Arts Centre, Melbourne
Group exhibition, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
2010Imagining the Everyday, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
Snapshot, Latrobe University Museum of Art (MUNA), Melbourne
In[two]art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009Group 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
2008Opening 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.

2006onetoeightandcounting, 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.
2005The 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.
2004Surface 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
2003A 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
2002Goldcoast 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
2001The 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
2000MA 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
1997The 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, Adelaide
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.
1996Hearsay: new photo artists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1995Recent 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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