R O S I ED E A C O N

About

Rosie Deacon is an artist working in sculpture and installation whose work engages with the spectacle of obsession. In 2010, Deacon graduated from UNSW COFA with first class honours. She was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. Since then she has held solo exhibitions at Gaffa Gallery and 107 projects, Redfern and been included in several group shows at various Artist Run Initiatives in Sydney.

Rosie Deacon’s practice is an exploration of states of humanity, feelings of belonging, and realms of the absurd. Her works resemble large-scale, fictional geographies, inhabited solely by hand-made animal sculptures.

For Deacon, animals represent the duality of freedom and control. In an increasingly developed world, where interactions between humankind and nature are strictly mediated and controlled, she intends to explore our understanding and relationship with ‘wild’ and domesticated animals.

Deacon’s work is produced through an intuitive combination of a variety of processes related to aspects of kitsch, craft and folk-art practices, including a diverse and unabashed assortment of natural and manufactured materials.

Through sculptural installation, Deacon’s often grotesque re-creations intend to illustrate the various spectrum’s and extremities of creativity and obsession, and to highlight and exaggerate the natural symbioses that exist between humans and animals.

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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 

2015

THE TUTTI FRUTTI DREAM FACTORY (GUEST ARTIST), UNDERBELLY ARTS FESTIVAL, COCKATOO ISLAND.

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, ONEILS ADVENTURELAND, CAMPBELLTOWN ARTS CENTRE

MAY ARTBAR, CURATED BY REBECCA BAUMANN, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, THE ROCKS.

BIGGIE SMALLS, CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE.

107 FUNDRAISING AUCTION, 107 PROJECTS, REDFERN.

PEEP HOLE, BRAND X, 180 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 PRACTICE, HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY & ARTS CENTRE, GYMEA.

RUNWAY ANNUAL COMMISSION LAUNCH: ‘INSIDE THE DARK RAT HOLE, LITTLE MEN WAIT’, SOLO SHOW, G18 “THE LOCAL $2 SHOP”, 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, 101-111 WILLIAM ST WINDOWS, DARLINGHURST.

 

2013

DAS WUNDER KINDER, MILS GALLERY, SURRY HILLS

THE ROSIE AND WALLY SHOW, 107 PROJECTS, REDFERN.

FIRSTDRAFT AUCTION, FIRST DRAFT GALLERY, SURRY HILLS.

GO WEST, ART MONTH SYDNEY BUS TOUR, WESTERN SYDNEY.

 

2012

THE CHRISTMAS SHOW, 107 PROJECTS, REDFERN.

ALIVE & WELL: THE FIRSTDRAFT ART AUCTION, FIRST DRAFT GALLERY, SURRY HILLS.

A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, NG ART GALLERY, CHIPPENDALE.

ALTERNATE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, GROUP SHOW, FIRST DRAFT GALLERY, 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.

 

2010

BLACKTOWN CITY ART EXHIBITION, BLACKTOWN.

BEING BORN AGAIN, CELL BLOCK THEATRE, NATIONAL ART SCHOOL.

 

2009

HIDDEN: A ROOKWOOD SCULPTURE WALK, ROOKWOOD CEMETERY.

HALF WAY HOUSE, COFA SPACE, UNSW COFA

COFA ANNUAL 09 HONOURS GRADUATE SHOW, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, UNSW.

SHELF LIFE, TRINITY DELMAR GALLERY.

 

2008

CATAPULT EMERGING ARTIST / DESIGNER / CURATOR AWARD, KUDOS GALLERY.

SHELF LIFE, TRINITY DELMAR GALLERY.

 

2007

COFA ANNUAL 07 GRADUATE SHOW, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, UNSW.

OCTOPUS, POLITECHNICO GALLERY, MILANO.

WAVERLY ART PRIZE, WAVERLY COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE.

GOLDEN TICKET, EMERGING ARTIST AND DESIGNER AWARD, KUDOS GALLERY.

GROUND FLOOR, COFA SPACE, UNSW COFA.

 

AWARDS

2012 BEST IN SHOW PRIZE, BY ROGER FOLEY-FOGG, 107 PROJECTS INC.

2009 DINOSAUR DESIGNS HONOURS GRADUATE AWARD.

2009 HONOURS STUDIO GRANT, GALLERY BARRY KELDOULIS.

2007 DINOSAUR DESIGNS GRADUATE AWARD –HIGHLY COMMENDED.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2009 HIDDEN: A ROOKWOOD SCULPTURE WALK, AUDIO GUIDE, ACOUISTIGUIDE OF AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.

2009 HALFWAY HOUSE: READER EDITED BY GARY CARSLEY

2008 POROSITY SCULPTURE/DESIGN STUDIO, OCTOPUS, CATALOGUE EDITED BY PROFESSOR RICHARD GOODWIN