Norah Deacon

with Valerie Knapp, Vivienne Jones
NORAH DEACON: Patterned: recent works in paper
VIVIENNE JONES: Gesture-ring: explorations of the ring form
VALERIE KNAPP: Safekeeping: recent work in textiles & paper
October 16 – November 16, 2008

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 Noraby 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.