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An image of Me and Virginia's doll by Destiny Deacon

Destiny Deacon

(Australia 1957 – )

Language group
Kuku, East Cape region , Erub, Torres Strait region
Me and Virginia's doll
Other titles:
Me and Carol
Media category
Materials used
colour laser print from Polaroid

31.8 x 25.1 cm image; 42.1 x 29.7 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Destiny". Dated l.c., pencil "...1995".
Gift of Phyllis Ada Evans (née Deacon) and her son Richard Deacon Evans 2002
Accession number
© Destiny Deacon. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Destiny Deacon is a photo artist, video maker, performer, writer and broadcaster, whose images work to re-interpret, parody and make transparent cultural stereotypes. She was born in Maryborough, Queensland in 1957, however she was raised in Melbourne. Deacon has a Bachelor of Arts, major in politics, from the University of Melbourne (1979) and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University (1981). Deacon has spent much time teaching in state secondary and community schools, at the University of Melbourne as a tutor and with the Commonwealth public service as a staff trainer.

Deacon's work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas. Individual exhibitions include 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' in Adelaide, Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand in 1994; and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne in 1995 and 1998.

Deacon's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including the fifth Havana Biennial 1994, Johannesburg Biennale 1995, second Asia-Pacific Triennial 1996, Melbourne International Biennale 1999, 'Perspecta' 1993 and 1999, Biennale of Sydney 2000, 'Das Lied von der Erde', Kassel 2001 and the first Yokohama Triennale 2001, Japan. She will also exhibit at Documenta 11, Kassel this year. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Bibliography (4)

Deborah Edwards, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Histories in the making: Aboriginal Art and modernism’, pg. 51-63, Sydney, 2007, 59 (colour illus.).

Leon Paroissien and Dinah Dysart (Editors), Art and Australia (Vol. 35, No.1), Sydney, Sep 1997, 101 (illus.). reproduced with a different title: "Me and Carol, 1997"

Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 52, 53 (colour illus.), 279.

Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones (Editors), Half light: Portraits from black Australia, 'Destiny Deacon', pg. 64-75, Sydney, 2008, 68 (colour illus.).