2017/0040 Icon to a stolen child: No

Icon to a stolen child: No

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Icon to a stolen child: No
Date
1997
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, blood and metallic paint on canvas
Dimensions
45.5 x 35.4 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0040
Currently not on display

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While I was living with my grandmother after she suffered a stroke, Ipainted a number of icons to stolen children. I grew up hearing thestories, and they were too overwhelming for me to just write about them.I began painting them as well.My grandmother was a stolen child and was taken away from her motherand community at aged 12 years old.When I was growing up, this was a time all about reunions of membersof my family and friends. These reunions were when the children cameback who had been stolen by the government in the 1930s to late 1960s.This icon reflects on the way children would rebel against how they weretreated by being disobedient to those that took them away.

Artist statement, 2018While I was living with my grandmother after she suffered a stroke, I painted a number of icons to stolen children. I grew up hearing the stories, and they were too overwhelming for me to just write about them. I began painting them as well. My grandmother was a stolen child and was taken away from her mother and community at aged 12 years old. When I was growing up, this was a time all about reunions of members of my family and friends. These reunions were when the children came back who had been stolen by the government in the 1930s to late 1960s. This icon reflects on the way children would rebel against how they were treated by being disobedient to those that took them away.

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