2017/0030 Black Madonna: Omega

Black Madonna: Omega

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Black Madonna: Omega
Date
2004
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
Dimensions
120.0 x 100.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0030
Currently not on display

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Artist statement, 2018I made this painting in honour of First Nation mothers, whose children were forcibly stolen from them by white governments and institutions, in order to assimilate the children. In Roman Orthodox Catholic art there are early depictions of the Madonna and Child (Jesus) as black people, which continues today. I wanted to hold a mirror up to the hypocrisy of governments that honour the sacredness of a black Madonna and child, while at the same time stealing First Nation children from their mothers.

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