The Gods of Tiny Things

Deborah Kelly and collaborators

Image by Deborah Kelly

The Gods of Tiny Things

A pantheon of fleeting deity-creatures

The work

Grand narratives have a sweep that suggests profound explanatory power, but we live our lives moment by moment, interacting with the minutiae of daily existence. Our worlds are built from tiny things. So let’s dodge the big picture and put our faith in the ephemeral and the barely there.

The Gods of Tiny Things is the result of collage workshops led by Deborah Kelly at Bundanon Trust earlier this year. The result is a pantheon of fleeting deity-creatures that will float through the Bundanon bush.


Lead artist: Deborah Kelly

Featuring little deities developed by: Alana Ambados, Amanda Holt, Anna Tregloan, Joanne Albany, Justin Ashworth, Karen Golland, Kate Andrews, Katherine Lim, Kathryn Bird, Lex Lindsay, Megan Rushton, Rie Tamaoki, Samantha Whittingham, Seika Takahashi, Shivani Cathie Broughton.

Animation: Melody Li

Sound design: Justin Ashworth, with piano composition by Lex Lindsay and featuring the Knife Orchestra

The Gods of Tiny Things was supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW

Instigating Artist

Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in the Biennales of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, TarraWarra and Venice. 2017 saw her first international solo exhibition, at the Kvindemuseet in Aarhus, Denmark.

Her projects across media are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange. Her recent animated collage video, LYING WOMEN, considers the legacy of white men’s art history in the colonial context of antipodean education. It has been exhibited in more than 40 cities around the world.

She has recently facilitated collage workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Istanbul, Leipzig, Bandung, Berlin and Aarhus, and considers the shared process a germinal artwork in itself.