2017/0058 Self portrait: Black bird

Self portrait: Black bird

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Self portrait: Black bird
Date
2002
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
2017/0058
Currently not on display

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A sacred animal for my clan is the Warida (Wedge-tailed eagle). Theyhave either black or light brown feathers. I also contemplated the songby Paul McCartney entitled ‘Blackbird’. This song was dedicated toAfro-American women’s experience. McCartney wrote the song afterwitnessing first hand a violent police assault upon a black womanfor sitting in an all-white area while he visited the southern States ofAmerica. His song brought their struggle to a far wider audience. Art is agood vehicle for social change.

Artist statement, 2018A sacred animal for my clan is the Warida (Wedge-tailed eagle). They have either black or light brown feathers. I also contemplated the song by Paul McCartney entitled 'Blackbird'. This song was dedicated to Afro-American women’s experience. McCartney wrote the song after witnessing first hand a violent police assault upon a black woman for sitting in an all-white area while he visited the southern States of America. His song brought their struggle to a far wider audience. Art is a good vehicle for social change.

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