Being There, 1998
Light jet print from Polaroid original
67 x 100 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

Employing what she describes as low-budget techniques, Deacon uses her own brand of complex humour and scathing wit to play on common Indigenous clichés. In a 2005 interview with Natalie King, Deacon said, 'First I labour for an idea, one that usually ends up being sad or pathetic, and then during the agony process of getting the image done, somehow things take a turn toward the ironic. Humour cuts deep. I like to think that there’s a laugh and a tear in each picture’. In this image dolls sit in the gutter with a box of matches. Are they up to no good? Perhaps the clue lies in the graffiti behind them.

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