The deal - a Curator’s reflection


David Frazer
Born 1966, Australia
The deal, 2015
H 98 x W 69cm
H 98 x W 69cm Acquired 2017
Australian Catholic University Art Collection

In this compelling image by David Frazer, two preoccupied figures, dwarfed by the majestic, mysterious landscape surrounding them, walk slowly along a cambered pathway, hand-in-hand. They are about to enter the mouth of a deeply-wooded, darkened gully, yet the road forward appears to avoid them. The landscape they traverse is not fully revealed. Despite all the incongruity and contradictions of their immediate environment, they choose to progress. By virtue of their strength and solidarity, their togetherness and resolve, they proceed. Yet at what stage of the journey did they discuss their mutual aims? What is the deal? The title of the work suggests a development in their relationship which has been agreed upon without the need for any discernible tension. The figures seem reconciled in taking on the risk or deal of life, and while the way ahead is unclear, there is a shared purpose. We are best able to find our goals by supporting each other during this time of isolation and uncertainty, and such empathy towards one another can also be revealed in the power of art.

Caroline Field, Curator, ACU Art Collection

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