Painted Mirror [SERIES] art series by Array , 2012

Painted Mirror [SERIES], 2012

  • Eastern-Light

    Deborah Paauwe
    Eastern Light, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Finished-Day

    Deborah Paauwe
    Finished Day, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Heavy-Roses-(seated)

    Deborah Paauwe
    Heavy Roses (seated), 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Heavy-Roses-(standing)

    Deborah Paauwe
    Heavy Roses (standing), 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Painted-Mirror

    Deborah Paauwe
    Painted Mirror, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Lost-Landscape

    Deborah Paauwe
    Lost Landscape, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Silent-Carnival

    Deborah Paauwe
    Silent Carnival, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Silent-Hour

    Deborah Paauwe
    Silent Hour, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Sweet-Storm

    Deborah Paauwe
    Sweet Storm, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
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    Deborah Paauwe
    Purple Mountain, 2012

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
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Deborah Paauwe

Deborah Paauwe’s photographs investigate identity and gender roles and the blurred boundary between being a girl and being a woman. Often it takes a moment to decipher the age of her subject – or subjects – because the usual clues lie hidden behind a confection of brightly coloured vintage dresses, bows, feathers and sequins.

Paauwe’s models’ faces are never seen. They turn their backs, hide behind a curtain of hair or hold up hand mirrors and fans. They can stand for anyone’s wife, mother, sister or daughter.

Paauwe leaves her photographs deliberately ambiguous so that viewers can choose their own meanings. Sometimes printing an image in its final large format reveals a previously unnoticed bruise or scar that makes her change her mind about the work’s significance.

Paauwe was awarded the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag Scholarship and studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. In 2008 she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to photograph Australian fashion designers Sass & Bide.