2017/0038 George: The blind (from the Family series)

George: The blind (from the Family series)

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
George: The blind (from the Family series)
Date
1999
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter, metallic paint and blood on canvas
Dimensions
45.5 x 35.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0038
Currently not on display

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George Latham was my maternal grandmother’s older brother. He livedtill he was 90 years old.He became blind due to an accident involving a nurse who was hidingher mental disorder from her colleagues. When she did a procedure tolook at his retina, she left the machine focused on his eyes causing himto go blind from the accident.Since this happened, he told me he could tell when someone was beingracist to him even though he couldn’t see. He could tell from their voiceif they were white or not. He said it was in the way they talked at himrather than with him.

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