Green Dress, type C photograph, 120 x 120cms
from the exhibition Deborah Paauwe, Sugar Nights
Greenaway Art Gallery, December 2000
photo courtesy of Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Deborah Paauwe’s images are enigmatic, sensual, erotic, and very loaded. Every frame is composed and constructed in tight asymmetrical close-up. The framing itself is controlled, directed and precisely articulate in application. In this shoot the female character(s) are carefully presented, almost symbolically, in a manner that’s stylistically confronting, as partial bodies. Seductive, self-consciously aware, and still, very still, posed, these characters assert a distinctive presence, a performative presence, a fiction.
Nicholas Tsoutas (catalogue essay)