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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

'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, and invites us to investigate. Murray's work explores scenarios that are imbued with social and personalised meaning. Humorous, melancholic and sometimes disturbing, her work is layered with representations of emotional and physical experiences.

There is a fascination for children and adults in this small reflected world. As artist Jeannie Baker's collages invite us to explore our everyday natural world and environment. Kendal Murray works invite exploration of the dreamland, fantasy and everyday domestic duty.

Drawn from her own collection, Murray uses found objects such as purses, teapots and make up compacts to create fantasy worlds. She also connects to the world of miniature, childhood and dreaming. Although not quite the layering collages of Jeannie Bakers work, it has a similar appeal. It asks us to look closer and seek out familiar objects that appear in a small world. Murray helps us recall the playful freedom we lose in growing up, her work represents a universe of whimsy and nostalgia.

Kendal Murrays work is held in: Lady Ethel Knox Sculpture Collection, University of Western Sydney, University of NSW
Male Formy Grafiki, Polska Lodz, Poland (Permanent Collection), Collection of C.E. Heath, Commonwealth Bank Collection
Various private collections - Australia, Japan and New Zealand, the UK and New York


Anni Turnbull 2012


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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 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 April 2021, <https://ma.as/430134>


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This object is currently on display in Transport at the Museums Discovery Centre.