R O S I ED E A C O N

 

 Artist Biography

Rosie Deacon (b. 1985) is a Sydney-based artist working in sculpture and installation. She engages with the spectacle of obsession and realms of the absurd. In 2010, Deacon graduated from UNSW COFA with first class honours and was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at The Egg & Dart, The Cube Mosman Art Gallery, Firstdraft, Gaffa Gallery, 107 Projects, Redfern and been included in group shows across Sydney, Newcastle, Townsville and Sheffield, UK. In 2014, Deacon was selected as the inaugural Runway Annual Artist Commission. In 2015, Deacon was invited as the Guest Artist for Studio A’s project for Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island. Deacon exhibited at abandoned theme park ‘Adventureland’ for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Winter Wonderland, and was included in Performance Contemporary for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks. In 2016, Deacon curated ‘Koala Nutbush’ ART BAR, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, and was awarded Viewers Choice in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, Darlinghurst.

 

 

Artist Statement

Through sculptural installation, my often grotesque re-creations intend to illustrate the various spectrums and extremities of creativity and obsession, and to highlight and exaggerate the natural symbioses that exist between humans and animals. I reflect on the incorporation of native flora and fauna into promotional paraphernalia and festival imagery through the 70s, 80s and beyond, celebrating Australiana kitsch. I aim to playfully encourage viewers to step outside their daily reality into a space of play.

My work resembles large-scale, fictional geographies, inhabited solely by handmade sculptures, exploring states of humanity, feelings of belonging and realms of the absurd. As a maker the idea of repetition and accumulation is cathartic in that it gives me time to process and understand my own interests and existence. I like to use ‘everyday junk’ and easily accessible materials to create pieces that blur the lines between contemporary art, craft and jewellery practise.

I am interested in the idea of repurposing everyday materials such as synthetic eyelashes together with things like acrylic paint, expanding foam, jewels, glittery stickers and clay. I think this mash up of very diverse materials affects the meaning of the work and how an audience may interpret the idea of artists’ process.

I have a personal obsession with animal-imagery, yet made horrifyingly unfamiliar, by transforming its natural inhabitants into a spectacularly camp pastiche of faux fur and perennial pride. I like to coax the audience to examine in greater detail the exotic entrails of celebrated souvenirs, while simultaneously exploring what it could mean to be an icon of the Australian wild.

 

 

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EDUCATION

2005-2009: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Performance/Installation with First Class Honours, UNSW College of Fine Arts.

2007: Porosity Sculpture/Design Studio, Octopus, with Professor Richard Goodwin, Politecnico Di Milano University, Milan.

 

 

EXHIBITIONS 

2017

Fish the Dish -Artist Announcement Event, Parramatta Artists Studios, Parramatta.

Kangasouvenir Picnic, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor.

Pom Pom: Children’s Contemporary Art Space, Carclew, Adelaide.

Stuffed Species – The Gentle Art of Interior Fauna, Solo Show, The Egg & Dart, Thirroul.

Kangasue, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Barangaroo, Sydney.

Firstdraft Auction, Firstdraft, Wolloomooloo.

Pop Up North Queensland, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville.

Good Neighbours, Artbank Sydney, Waterloo.

Through the Ring Tail Poss-Toss!, Art Month Sydney | Art at Night | Paddington & Woollahra, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington.

Kanga-Pom-Pom Keyring, Solo Show, The Cube, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman.

Exploring Identity -Ned, Koala & Me, Art Space on The Concourse, Chatswood.

 

2016

The Egg & Dart Xmas Show, The Egg & Dart, Thirroul.

Totes Gay – Art for Marriage Equality, Trolley’d, St Peters.

August, Home@735 Gallery, Redfern.

Ab-Fab Collab, Way Out West Festival, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula.

Wonder, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea.

Firstdraft Auction, Firstdraft, Wolloomooloo.

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, NAS Gallery, Darlinghurst.

Collectors Space, Art Month Sydney, Camperdown.

Art at Night -Chippendale & Redfern, Eveleigh Creative Precinct, Eveleigh.

Take me to The Kanga Kandy Shop, after pARTY, Freda’s Bar, Chippendale.

February Artbar, The Fling Before the Ring; Curated by Giselle Stanborough, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks

January Artbar, Koala Nutbush; Curated by Rosie Deacon, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks.

Bit Fat in Da Back, Video Oediv, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown.

Putt-putt Party Down the Wombat Hole, FBi Smac Festival, Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

 

2015

Christmas Koala Kissing Corner, Neon-Classical, The Bearded Tit, Redfern.

Holiday 2015, 107 Projects, Redfern.

Sensorium, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong.

Fun Foam Fantastical Fabulous Fun, Solo Show, Firstdraft, Wolloomooloo.

21 Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula.

Friends with Benefits: Sharing is Caring, This is Not Art Festival, Critical Animals, Newcastle.

The Tutti Frutti Dream Factory (Guest Artist), Beams Art Festival, Chippendale Creative Precinct, Chippendale.

Inside the Dark Rat Hole, Little Men Wait, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Books Kinokuniya, Sydney.

Bargain Basement Kanga Kave, Performance Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

The Tutti Frutti Dream Factory (Guest Artist), Underbelly Arts Festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney.

Young Collectors, Contemporary Jewellery Collections, Entrance Foyer Gallery, Sydney College of The Arts, Rozelle.

Krafty Kangaroosie Deacon’s Party Pouch Giveaway, The Bearded Tit, Redfern.

Winter Wonderland, O’Neils Adventureland, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown.

Firstdraft Auction, Firstdraft, Wolloomooloo.

May Artbar, Curated by Rebecca Baumann, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks.

Biggie Smalls, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula.

107 Fundraising Auction, 107 Projects, Redfern.

Peep Hole, Brand X, 108 B Campbell St, Surry Hills.

January Artbar, Humour of the Everyday; Curated by Tom Polo, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks.

Contemporary Art Jewellery, Solo Show, Personal Project Space, Canberra.

Friends With Benefits, Twenty Thirty Seven, Glebe.

 

2014

Glazed & Confused: Ceramics in Contemporary Art Practise, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea.

Runway Annual Commission Launch: ‘Inside the Dark Rat Hole, Little Men Wait’, Solo Show, G18, Redfern.

Overseasoned Part Deux, Artemis (House) Project Space, York, North Yorkshire.

Monuments of the Everyman, Nana Contemporary, Newcastle.

Overseasoned, Gage Gallery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The Return of Captain Kitty’s Chicken Boat, Solo Show, Nana Contemporary, Newcastle.

Assemblage II, 107 Projects, Redfern.

Four Play, Sheffer Gallery, Darlington.

Nothing New, City of Sydney 101-111 William St Windows, Darlinghurst.

 

2013

Das Wunder Kinder, Mils Gallery, Surry Hills.

The Rosie and Wally Show, 107 Projects, Redfern.

Firstdraft Auction, Firstdraft, Surry Hills.

Go West, Art Month Sydney Bus Tour, Western Sydney.

 

2012

The Christmas Show, 107 Projects, Redfern.

Alive & Well: The Firstdraft Art Auction, Firstdraft, Surry Hills.

A Cabinet of Curiosities, NG Art Gallery, Chippendale.

Alternate Universal Studios, Firstdraft, Surry Hills.

 

2011

A Cabinet of Curiosities, NG Art Gallery, Chippendale.

GBK Awardees: Where are they now?, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Waterloo.

National Animal, Solo Show, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.

 

 

AWARDS

2016 Viewers Choice, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, NAS Gallery, Darlinghurst.

2015 FBi SMAC Nomination for Best Artist, Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

2012 Best in Show Prize, by Roger Foley-Fogg, 107 Projects.

2009 Dinosaur Designs Honours Graduate Award.

2009 Honours Studio Grant, Gallery Barry Keldoulis.

2007 Dinosaur Designs Honours Graduate Award -Highly Commended.