Deborah Beaumont | Repropriation: the spoils of multiplicity


Repropriation is a term that I have coined to describe an art-making strategy in which the reproduction is appropriated and re-produced. This practice originated through my engagement with the print detritus of local newspaper production. One of the studio projects arising from this strategy is the creation of ‘spoilspapers’: tabloid-format artworks that utilize the incidental and accidental prints that are made during the clean-up of the newspaper printing press.

Deborah Beaumont Dip. T, B. Edn, BVA, Ph.D explores the print detritus that originates at the sites of local and regional newspaper production in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Deborah employs a working methodology of ‘repropriation’ in her visual arts practice in which she appropriates and re-produces the spoilages of newspaper printing. This practice considers the repetitions and slippages inherent in print, and it examines the disparations that exist between two versions of the one image. It is also informed by Duchamp’s theory of the infra-thin which can be defined as difference that is imperceptible.
Deborah’s artforms include: artist’s books, large scale digital prints and overprints, spoilspapers (tabloid-format artworks), and the use of the newspaper printing plate as subject, object and substrate for the print. Since 1998 she has exhibited in 24 group exhibitions including the Fremantle Print Award and Deborah has held 11 solo exhibitions in local, regional and Brisbane galleries. She is the recipient of a number of art awards including the Blue Horizons (Libris) Award, and The Churchie New Technology Award. Her works are held in the collections of Artspace Mackay, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, and the State Library of Queensland.



Building E, Level 2


Thursday 29 September


12.30 - 3.30pm