Melbourne, 22 Nov 2022 — 10 Dec 2022

28 Derby Street [PO Box 1183], Collingwood 3066

Stray shadows
- Deborah Williams

‘These images are part of a continuing ambition whereby I seek to avoid the stigma of sentimentality in my images of the dog by relating and depicting the dog outside of the boundaries of the typical pet/ owner, dominant/ submissive association.

Integral to the work and the avoidance of the sentimental is the treatment of the pictorial space within the image. The image of the dog inhabits a space devoid of distraction. Where something that has possibly been perceived as ordinary, the dog now becomes emblematic and somewhat sculptural.

As the dog is removed from a world of detail so the dog itself can lack detail and display a certain degree of abstraction: we see less, so we imagine more. The non-specific space the dog inhabits confers ambiguity whilst at the same time, their very presence is certain.

We see the dog as an individual but ultimately, we are made aware that we struggle, in Western society to allow an animal to be an animal.

A significant question I seek to address is how do we conceive of animals as their own beings if we are unable to see them except in relationship to ourselves?

What is it like to be a dog? We might imagine, we will never know.

Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.’

– Deborah Williams, 2022

Artist Talk
Saturday 3 December 2pm

Deborah Williams
Printmaker Deborah Williams completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1994. Her works are existential …
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In Blog

Deborah Williams in ‘GAZE’ group exhibition – Australian Print Workshop

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Geoffrey Ricardo and Deborah Williams – 2021 Peebles Print Prize

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Barbie Kjar – Winner of the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

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David Frazer ‘All That You’ve Loved’ Exhibition at Trinity College

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Michael Buzacott – SLOT Window Gallery 2024

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Dale Miles, Stephanie Monteith and David Horton – IGNITE Fundraising Event for Women for Change

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Andrew Antoniou and Barbie Kjar – Finalists in the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

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Philip Davey – Documentary by Peter M Lamont

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Barbie Kjar & Mary Tonkin – Finalists in the 2024 Rick Amor Drawing Award

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