Rainbow Days [SERIES] art series by Array , 2002

Rainbow Days [SERIES], 2002

  • Deborah Paauwe
    Double Crush, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Day Star, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Dreamland, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Lime Dream, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Milk and Kisses, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Prom-Night

    Deborah Paauwe
    Prom Night, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Ruby Heart, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Sweet Lullaby, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    White Silk, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
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    Deborah Paauwe
    Porcelain Mirror, 2002

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Deborah Paauwe
    Wonder Wish, 2002

    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.