Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces


February 1 to 26, 2011

Pour part one and add a dash of pigment. Part two comes next - the hardening catalyst - measured precisely into the thick, coloured mixture. Mix thoroughly, press, scratch and mould. It’s a race against the clock; a few minutes and the resin will become solid as its molecules are reorganised. Malleability will turn to rigidity. A chemical bond is forming that cannot be broken… it’s now or never.

These moments of transition are what Laura Deakin’s work deals with: changes of state, changes of form, changes in the very essence of material. But look closer and the transitions go beyond the material to address other, more poetic changes of state. Natural becomes unnatural. The personal becomes anonymous, and vice versa. Presence translates to absence and the extinct is suddenly corporeal. Real turns to fake, and fake becomes precious.

Following a degree at Monash University, Laura Deakin recently completed post-graduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München. She has won several prestigious awards including the Bavarian State Prize for Emerging Designers (2010). This is her first solo exhibition.


Moho Nobilis, 1934, 2010, polyester resin, thread, steel, pigment

Work from Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces

Dishonest Pearls mix by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Dishonest Pearls mix, 2007, synthetic pearl lustre, wood filler, silk
Moho Nobilis, 1934 by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Moho Nobilis, 1934, 2010, polyester resin, thread, steel, pigment
Dishonest Pearls by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Dishonest Pearls, 2007, synthetic pearl lustre, wood filler, silk
Confused earrings (necklace) by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Confused earrings (necklace), 2008, silver earring studs, synthetic pearl lustre
Confused earrings (brooch) by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Confused earrings (brooch), 2008, silver earring studs, freshwater pearls
Coua Delalandei, 1834 by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Coua Delalandei, 1834, 2010, polyester resin, thread, steel, pigment
Conuropsis Carolinensis, 1918 by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Conuropsis Carolinensis, 1918, 2010, polyester resin, thread, steel, pigment
Pearl mix by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Pearl mix, 2007, synthetic pearl lustre, wood filler, silk
Hidden pearls by Laura Deakin: Layered Traces, Folded Spaces Hidden pearls, 2007, freshwater pearls, wood filler, silk