1991/0282 Black dog - white dog 1

Black dog - white dog 1

Artist

Karen CASEY
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1956
 in
Hobart, Tasmania

Artwork

Title
Black dog - white dog 1
Date
1989
Medium/Material
lithograph
Dimensions
49.3 x 41 cm (sheet)26.2 x 26 cm (irregular image) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1991
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1991/0282
Currently not on display

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In 2004, Karen Casey spoke about her art and influences, and about reconciling her own Aboriginal/Anglo/Celtic ancestry in particular. She says, ‘I had no cultural links to my Indigenous past when it was first discovered in my teens and it wasn’t until my early 30s that I found myself in the position of fully identifying with my Aboriginality and finding my place within the Aboriginal community. My early artworks, including the black dog – white dog prints, were often provocative and confrontational commentaries on environmental and social justice issues. These works made quite blatant references to racial and gender inequality but they also expressed a great deal of my own personal inner turmoil and discontent. I think, in hindsight my art became a way of validating my Aboriginality’ (The artist, Reconciliation Place 2004).

Artist statement, 2004I had no cultural links to my Indigenous past when it was first discovered in my teens and it wasn’t until my early 30s that I found myself in the position of fully identifying with my Aboriginality and finding my place within the Aboriginal community. My early artworks, including the black dog – white dog prints, were often provocative and confrontational commentaries on environmental and social justice issues. These works made quite blatant references to racial and gender inequality but they also expressed a great deal of my own personal inner turmoil and discontent. I think, in hindsight my art became a way of validating my Aboriginality’ (Reconciliation Place 2004).

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