Born in 1957, KuKu and Erub/Mer Australian artist Destiny Deacon grew up in Melbourne, where she currently lives. She is well known as a photographer and has also produced work as a performer, video-maker, writer and broadcaster.
Deacon has been exhibiting her work for over two decades and is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Her work is held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Victoria.
Much of Deacon's work is based on her viewpoint as an Indigenous Australian and explores social and cultural issues. She often substitutes dolls for people in her photographs – not, she says, to convey a particular message but because she is too shy to ask people to pose for her.
'Skid Row Models' was acquired for the collection in 1999. Deacon explains that the figures in the photograph represent another side of life: the people who are considered too down-market for advertising.