HOW DO I KNOW MY PARROT IS HAPPY? // ROSIE DEACON

5 DEC - 27 JAN 21

Rosie Deacon transforms The Lock-Up spaces with her deep, immersive environmental installations that channel the artist's childhood memories of growing up in a rural town in New South Wales.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PARROT IS HAPPY? : ROSIE DEACON

5 DECEMBER - 27 JANUARY 2021

Rosie Deacon’s new, immersive installation HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PARROT IS HAPPY? draws upon familiar shapes, textures and figurines blended together to create a surreal realm in which the viewer is invited to examine the intricacies and allusory forms. 

The psychedelic colour patterns are formulated by an infinite process of layering and merging of different materials to produce a single final form. Biomorphic sculptural works of comical trees, wildlife and environmental details reference the flora and fauna of the artist’s time growing up as a youth in rural New South Wales. With emphasis upon three-dimensionality and tactility, deep immersive environmental installations have been a prominent conduit for Deacon to channel her memories and experiences into these sensationalised forms. 

Included in the exhibition will be a site-specific interactive ‘sensory’ installation. As a processed-based artist, this part of the work will be made in-situ with community volunteers using everyday recyclable materials including cardboard, timber, paper-mache, and various other collected forms, directly referring to the environment around us.


IMAGE: Rosie Deacon Budgie Hoops 2018, ceramic garden ornaments, plaster, acrylic paint. Photo: Zan Wimberley