Deborah Paauwe is an artist born in United States, currently working in Australia.
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Born in the USA in 1972, arrived in Australia1985
Currently lives and works Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Deborah Paauwe completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Visual Arts) at the South Australian School of Art,University of South Australia in 1994, and in 2000 completed her MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art in London, UK. Paauwe’s practice involves an ongoing study of the female subject. Using young girls and women arranged in tableaux form she investigates the world of childhood memories and their impact on adult life. While the surface of her images draw on the glamour of fashion photography there is a delicate balance between voyeurism and something altogether more disturbing. Issues of identity, gender roles and the underlying eroticism of the change from girl to woman are central to Paauwe’s work. In the last 10 years Deborah has held more than 20 solo exhibitions within Australia, Spain and New Zealand. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Dutch Under, Canvas International Art, Amstelveen, Netherlands in 2006; The Children’s Hour, Museum of New Art (MONA), Michigan, USA in 2005; Surface Tension, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney in 2004; Fotonoviembre 2001 & 2003, photographic biennial, Centro de Fotografía, Canary Islands, Spain; Photographica Australis, Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, 2002; Chemistry, Art in South Australia 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2000; Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography, Monash University touring Australia, 1999; and Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition in 1999; ARCO ’99, International Art Fair, Madrid. Deborah was awarded the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 1999 and was commissioned for the Hermés Photography Project by Hermés Australia in 2002. Deborah won the Living Art Award and The Gerda Pinter Award both in conjunction with the 2002 Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Queensland and the 32nd Alice Prize Award, Alice Springs. In 2003 she represented Australia at the Naarden Foto Festival, Netherlands. In 2004, Deborah exhibited new work in the 2004 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Also in 2004 a hard-cover publication on her work was published, Beautiful Games, sponsored by Arts SA, and she was awarded a 3 month studio residency in New York City through the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council.

Deborah Paauwe is represented by Sutton Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.