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Australian art

Contemporary art

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art


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Me and Virginia's doll



Destiny Deacon


1957 -

Language groups

Kuku, East Cape region, Erub, Torres Strait region


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.


Other Title

Me and Carol

Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia



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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Destiny Deacon

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


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.).