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Dietlind Wagner: Dede Puppets

June 22, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - July 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 22 June 3 – 4.30pm

In a hyper-communicative world, Dietlind Wagner slowly transforms old news into her vibrant colourful character heads, Dede Puppets. For Wagner, these sculptures are a vehicle to express introspective views on interpersonal communication. Her puppets are designed to charm, bewilder and even repulse thus inspiring reflection within the viewer.

The puppets’ uniquely sculptured and collaged faces allude to fractured personalities in the fast paced world of modern-day communication. The stories they tell are homage to real friends and real people with all their flaws and idiosyncrasies. Being a very private person Wagner has not exhibited extensively but her puppets have managed to tease her out into the public. An installation of five puppets was selected into the finals of the 2012 Wallace Art Awards.

On both Sundays during the exhibition Dietlind Wagner will hold a free one hour puppeteer workshop for all ages. In these workshops participants are prompted to come up with, and act out, stories of an adopted puppet character. Puppeteer workshop Lend Us a Hand – Sunday June 23 and Sunday June 30, 1 – 2pm.
For more information on Dietlind Wagner and her puppets visit


June 22, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
July 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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