Stuffed Species - The Gentle Art of Interior Fauna
In a new sculptural installation for The Egg & Dart, Deacon plays with the concept of tourism and Australiana kitsch. Using a mix of craft and souvenirs sourced from Chinatown in Sydney, Deacon creates a fantastical scene bursting with a conglomerate of sequins, colour, and glitter-covered kangaroos. This multi-faceted installation documents Deacon's encounters in and around Sydney's attractions including Paddy's Markets, The Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Deacon reflects on the incorporation of native flora and fauna into promotional paraphernalia and festival imagery through the 70s, 80s and beyond, playfully encouraging viewers to step outside their daily reality into a space of play.
Deacon has 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. She likes 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.
Through sculptural installation, Deacon’s 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.
Opening Friday 15th September, 6-8pm
Exhibition catalogue can be downloaded here