1996/0320 Death of the Anthropologist

Death of the Anthropologist

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Death of the Anthropologist
Date
1996
Medium/Material
red ochre, blood and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
120.0 x 153.0cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1996
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1996/0320
Currently not on display

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When I began looking into my family’s history, especially about my greatgreat-grandmother Melbin (who was taken to England as an exhibit) Idiscovered that the number of artefacts and human bones in museumsthroughout the world was very large. Bones were a commodity andtraded at ‘science fairs’ or ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ throughout the world.Many of these ‘gentlemen’s clubs’ still exist today.I looked at the names of the men who contributed to this ‘science’and realised that many were amateur anthropologists such as BaldwinSpencer. Now long dead, I painted a picture of this fact. I also wantedto paint how the present-day children in our communities are still alivedespite such treatment and that those bones must be returned to rest intheir country.

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