2001/0173 Shearing the Rams

Shearing the Rams

Artist

Dianne JONES
Indigenous
Birth:
1966
 in
Northam, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Shearing the Rams
Date
2000
Medium/Material
inkjet print on treated canvas mounted on Kappa board using Gloy 870
Dimensions
121.9 x 182.6cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2001
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2001/0173
Currently not on display

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I have used this iconic painting by Tom Roberts to highlight that Indigenous people were shearers also. I have kept the original title of Tom Roberts’s painting, Shearing the Rams, because I did not think that I needed to change it in any way because this is a portrayal of history that I know is true. My father was a gun shearer, and my brother was also a shearer… In the Tom Roberts painting, my father is shearing [at] the forefront… with my brother and nephew [in the background], also doing the work (Artist statement 2000).

Artist statement, 2001I have used this iconic painting by Tom Roberts to highlight the fact that Indigenous People were shearers also. I have kept the original title of Tom Roberts’s painting Shearing the Rams because I did not think that I needed to change it in any way because this is a portrayal of history that I do know is true. My father was a gun shearer, and my brother was also a shearer. I had many relatives working in sheds as shearers, shedhands, stukers etc. Indigenous People were definitely the backbone of this country with working for the farmers and most ironically of all building fences which then kept them out. In the Tom Roberts painting my father is shearing in the forefront of the painting with my brother and nephew also doing the work.

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