1999/0026 Money: Before pension day

Money: Before pension day

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Money: Before pension day
Date
1999
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, ochre and mica gold on canvas
Dimensions
107 x 83 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1999
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1999/0026
Currently not on display

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This is a painting of my twin sister and I sitting at our Nana’s kitchentable drinking fresh milk. My Mum would travel to our Nana’s housewhen we ran out of money and food. A cup of fresh milk was a luxury aswe’d usually have powdered milk instead because it was much cheaper.The background is filled with everything we dreamed of having. Thecrucifix is symbolic of the Catholic church who we feared. If they foundout we had no food, they could have taken us away from our Mum. So,we used to keep it all secret whenever we went hungry.Nana’s house was a state housing fibro house. It was great therebecause it was always full of family. We would hunt in the bush wherethe Tonkin Highway is now and often ranged all around the airport nearRedcliffe.

Artist statement, 2018This is a painting of my twin sister and I sitting at our Nana’s kitchen table drinking fresh milk. My Mum would travel to our Nana’s house when we ran out of money and food. A cup of fresh milk was a luxury as we’d usually have powdered milk instead because it was much cheaper. The background is filled with everything we dreamed of having. The crucifix is symbolic of the Catholic church who we feared. If they found out we had no food, they could have taken us away from our Mum. So, we used to keep it all secret whenever we went hungry. Nana’s house was a state housing fibro house. It was great there because it was always full of family. We would hunt in the bush where the Tonkin Highway is now and often ranged all around the airport near Redcliffe.

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