1996/0321 The Pay-Back

The Pay-Back

Artist

Julie DOWLING
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
30 Jan 1969
 in
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
The Pay-Back
Date
1996
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, ochre, blood on canvas
Dimensions
104.5cm x 144.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1996
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1996/0321
Currently on display (GALLERY 4 IAN & SUE BERNADT in GALLERY BUILDING)

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In the 1990s, three women were abducted and murdered from a streetin Claremont, where I used to show my art. In that same period, my longtimefriend was pulled from a telephone booth in her middle-incomesuburban street by two white men and dragged into a car. She wasterrified. Hours later, and only after they pulled into a police station, sherealised they were plain-clothes police officers. They had racially profiledher because she was First Nation in a middle-class suburb.Inspired by Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting, Judith Slaying Holofernes,1614–1620, I painted the emotions I felt for the patriarchal, racist policein Perth. The man in the shirt is a police sergeant with his ID numberbadge on his shoulder. The young woman wears white ochre as a signof spirit and mourning for all First Nation women who are murdered byoccupying forces and the constabulary.

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