The Untold Story [SERIES] art series by , 2013

The Untold Story [SERIES], 2013

  • Deborah Paauwe Art

    Deborah Paauwe
    Adorned Tresses, 2013

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Crown-of-Roses

    Deborah Paauwe
    Crown of Roses, 2013

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Obscured-World

    Deborah Paauwe
    Obscured World, 2013

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Entwined-Strands

    Deborah Paauwe
    Entwined Strands, 2013

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
  • Jewelled-Locks

    Deborah Paauwe
    Jewelled Locks, 2013

    120 × 120 cm
    $4,000
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Artist profile

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.