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While studying at St Martin's School of Art from 1969-72, Deacon made some performance works, but he abandoned these and began to fabricate solid objects a few years later. His work uses a wide variety of materials and processes, and includes figurative and cultural references. 'If The Shoe Fits' is one of a series of works by Deacon inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's poems 'Sonnets to Orpheus.' Deacon became interested in forms that were 'a hollow enclosure with an opening...that [could] stand for the head of Orpheus singing or listening...or for other, very domestic objects, particlarly pots and pans, shoes, hats.'

August 2004