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Debra Swann

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Installation shot ‘Comedy of Errors’ Artspace, Sydney, Mixed Media 2007

Installation Shot ‘Time-Machine & Travelling Paraphernalia’: Mixed Media 2007

Detail ‘Colonial Wig’ Pampas grass, palm, brown paper, Styrofoam 2007


Appealing directly to the allure of our own curiosity, the work reflects on our desire for fantasy. Based in a need to escape the everyday, our fascination for the unexplained blurs the relationship between fact and fiction. Here, fantasy draws on reality and creates a strange authenticity and value, in turn questioning our belief systems and our trust of scientific research.
I have become particularly interested in collections and museum-logy. I am interested in the person who started 'the collection' the philanthropist, the explorer, the scientist that has left relics, a sum of scientific learning for us to ponder over. A compulsive fascination that led to a desire to collect, to seek meaning and discover the unknown. The process by which history is written becomes established as truth.





‘Exo-skeleton (Mosquito Family)’ Sellotape 2007

‘Totem’ parcel & fibreglass tape, brown paper 2007





























My work is informed by the physicality of being human and yet the most visible trait comes from a collision between the worlds of reality and fantasy. Taking materials from the everyday and transforming them into fantastical objects or attire, I attempt to investigate my own imagination and explore the boundaries between the everyday and the subconscious or metaphysical worlds of fantasy. I am interested in how science tries to explain or make sense of the world and the way in which we place our trust in what we consider to be fact.




‘Yeti’ Pampas grass 2006/7

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