Country craft with a twist

South/East Interference Volume I – ROSIE DEACON Opening 14 September 6pm, continues to 20 October Bega Valley Regional Gallery

Growing up in the central west NSW town of Nyngan, Rosie Deacon developed a strong love for Australiana “My parent’s house is filled with tapestries my Mum has stitched, many with a prize ribbon hanging over the frame from the annual Nyngan Show. My Dad has an inside and outside bar, full of Aussie pub paraphernalia.”

These aesthetic building blocks, filtered through the lens of a contemporary art practice, and with a good measure of tourist strip kitsch, has resulted in Deacon being one of the most sought after installation artists exhibiting in Australia today.

Since graduating with first class honours from the University of NSW School of Art & Design, Deacon has exhibited in over 40 solo and group exhibitions across Australia and the United Kingdom.

“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.”

Her upcoming exhibition at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery has encouraged Deacon to get back to her regional roots and promises to be a celebration of humanity, feelings of belonging and realms of the absurd.