David Kaye Gallery » Norah Deacon

Commissioned Dress for a Chicago client.

Untitled, 2014
pattern tissue, black walnut dye, linen thread
26 X 25 X 3 in.

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Patterned: recent works in paper
October 16 - November 16, 2008

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Drawing from my own history, my work addresses how our familial and cultural experiences nurture and inform our identities. Working primarily in paper, I create lace-like material exploring texture, pattern, light, strength and fragility. My sculptural work commemorates everyday objects, referencing the balance between vulnerability and permanence.

The work in Patterned explores the playful yet fragile way in which children use toys and books to explore their identity. As children, we often define ourselves within a limited scope; this is sometimes carried with us, shaping and informing our adult selves. For this body of work I have cited text from the book Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells, which was frequently read to me as a child. By fragmenting and jumbling the text and pattern around children’s building blocks, the work explores the roles and expectations that we impose on ourselves when we are young.

GALLERY

Norah Deacon, Untitled #1, 2006, pattern tissue, black walnut dye, cotton thread, smocking, garment construction, framed 41 X 31 in., , SOLD.Norah Deacon, Untitled #1, (detail), 2006, pattern tissue, black walnut dye, cotton thread, smocking, garment construction, framed 41 X 31 in., SOLD.Norah Deacon, Patterned: recent works in paper, Exhibition installation view.Norah Deacon, Patterned: recent works in paper, Exhibition installation view.Norah Deacon, Patterned: recent works in paper, Exhibition installation view.