AF 2002 001
Year: 2002

Winner: Deborah Paauwe

Title: Crimson Autograph

Medium: type C photograph

Judge: Tony Ellwood

Judge’s statement regarding the winner


This year’s winner of the Alice Prize is South Australian photographer, Deborah Paauwe. Her dramatic C-type photograph is titled “Crimson Autograph” and depicts two female figures shrouded in pink tulle. The faces are anonymous and this haunting work has a multiplicity of readings.

Paauwe, a former recipient of the Samstag scholarship, receives $15 000 in prize money plus a one month artist’s residency in Alice Springs. This prize provided a rare opportunity to encounter the beauty of the Central Australian landscape and people, and has the potential to make a significant impact on an artist’s future career.

Paauwe’s work is seductive, secretive and romantic and this region could generate a fascinating synergy for her future work.

Pre-selection Panel
Tim Rollason, Curator, the Araluen Centre
Merilyn Fairskye, Artist, Sydney
Neville Field, Printmaker and Arts Administrator, Alice Springs


Winner of the 32nd Alice Prize, 2002 (Acquistive)
Deborah Paauwe, (SA)

“Crimson Autograph”
C-Type Photograph – 2002, 120x120cm

(Acquired) Peggy Napangardi Jones, (NT)

yellow_bird “Yellow Bird” Acrylic on linen -2002, 120x120cm

(Acquired) Ningura Napurrula, (NT)

ningura “Untitled” Acrylic on linen – 2002, 153x122cm

(Acquired) Mark Kimber, (SA)

at_the_speed “At the Speed of Sound” C-Type Photograph – 2002, 120x92cm

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