The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
2012/69/1 Mixed media assemblage 'Deja Vu, Review', mixed material, made by Kendal Murray, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011. Click to enlarge.

‘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...


Object No.


Object Statement

Mixed media assemblage 'Deja Vu, Review', mixed material, made by Kendal Murray, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011

Physical Description

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.


Engraving on inside of silver clasp, 'Kendal Murray 2011'

Tag on purse interior, 'GLOMESH', 'MADE IN NSW / AUSTRALIA'



120 mm


120 mm


110 mm



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



Works in this style have been displayed at Arthouse Gallery in Kendal Murray's 'Stage Whispers', March, 2001 and in a group show 'The New Arcadia', Lismore Regional Gallery, 2011.


Credit Line

Purchased 2012

Acquisition Date

15 June 2012

Cite this Object


'Deja Vu, Review' artwork by Kendal Murray 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 May 2019, <>


{{cite web |url= |title='Deja Vu, Review' artwork by Kendal Murray |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=19 May 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Store 3 at the Museums Discovery Centre.


This object record is currently incomplete. Other information may exist in a non-digital form. The Museum continues to update and add new research to collection records.

Know more about this object?


Have a question about this object?