1998/0138 Icon to a stolen child: Buried alive

Icon to a stolen child: Buried alive

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Icon to a stolen child: Buried alive
Date
1998
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre and metallic paint on canvas
Dimensions
40.2 x 27.8cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1998
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1998/0138
Currently not on display

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When I was living with my grandmother, Mollie, I was also teaching art toyoung first nation women at the Karawara community centre – Karawarawas a low socio-economic place where we used to live while growing up.Many of the young women had experienced homelessness from an earlyage. Some experienced it by themselves while others were homelessalong with their mothers and other family members.One woman described how she replaced her culture with rap and hiphopmusic and street tagging because it was a way to feel empowered.She also felt restricted by the culture of the “street”. Street culture tookher from her First Nation culture and she felt “…buried alive” by it. Theyoung woman equally found it difficult to talk about the void of notknowing enough about her First Nation culture. She was raised in awhite foster placement who did not think her culture was important tolearn but Afro-American culture was better somehow.

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