‘Deja Vu, Review’ artwork by Kendal Murray

Made by Murray, Kendal in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011.

‘Déjà vu, Review’ is a miniature surreal world atop an antique purse created by Sydney artist and academic Kendal Murray in 2011. This sculptural mixed media offers a playful look at the domestic world and holiday culture.

As we view this strange tableau presented by ‘Deja Vu, Review’ we are the voyeurs and participants, as is the man watching the woman vacuum from afar. This artwork invites the viewer to call upon personal memories of holidays and housework. The miniature world draws us closer...


The 'Deja Vu, Review' artwork conists of a coin purse, with a silver hinged opening and clasp, lined on the interor with a grey silk. The exterior is adorned with with fake green grass, small shrubs and trees. It features a miniature caravan with a woman vacuuming the autumn leaves off the roof. Below the caravan is a miniature man, standing on a pebble, possibly watching the woman or the blue birds in the trees, through a set of binoculars. Inside the purse is a large white pebble.


120 mm
120 mm
110 mm


This artwork was designed and made by Kendal Murray in Sydney, 2011.
Murray, Kendal 2011


Purchased 2012
15 June, 2012

Cite this Object

'Deja Vu, Review' artwork by Kendal Murray 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 October 2017, <https://ma.as/430134>
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This object is currently on display in Store 3 at the Museums Discovery Centre.
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