2017/0063 Unidentified: Aboriginal New South Wales

Unidentified: Aboriginal New South Wales

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Unidentified: Aboriginal New South Wales
Date
2003
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
Dimensions
80.0 x 50.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0063
Currently not on display

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Extended Label

Text: Aboriginal, Aboriginal, Origin, Native, Subhuman, Savage, Native,Beast, savage, MFSVHSHPicture: This picture was painted from a photograph of an unidentifiedman of an unknown tribal nation taken between 1889 and 1894. Thispainting is one of a series of representations taken from historicalphotographs by Henry King (1855–1923). Entitled ‘Australian AboriginesNew South Wales’, these photographs do not identify the people shownor what specific year they were taken. As part of the Rex Nan KivellCollection, they are now held in trust at the National Library of Australia.This picture is the first of a series dealing with the ethnographicobjectification of our ancestors as Indigenous Australians. I questionas to why these photographs continue to remain unconnected to theirdescendants and from their nations today. I painted these pictures as apersonal decolonizing process whereby I investigate other examples ofsuch imagery. I gain a deeper understanding of the experience sharedby my great great-grandmother, Melbin who was taken to England asan exhibit in 1883–84 with her baby daughter, my great grandmother,Mary Oliver.

Artist statement, 2018Text: Aboriginal, Origin, Native, Subhuman, Savage, Native, Beast, savage, MFSVHSH.Picture: This picture was painted from a photograph of an unidentified man of an unknown tribal nation taken between 1889 and 1894. This painting is one of a series of representations taken from historical photographs by Henry King (1855–1923). Entitled 'Australian Aborigines New South Wales', these photographs do not identify the people shown or what specific year they were taken. As part of the Rex Nan Kivell Collection, they are now held in trust at the National Library of Australia. This picture is the first of a series dealing with the ethnographic objectification of our ancestors as Indigenous Australians. I question as to why these photographs continue to remain unconnected to their descendants and from their nations today. I painted these pictures as a personal decolonizing process whereby I investigate other examples of such imagery. I gain a deeper understanding of the experience shared by my great grandmother, Melbin who was taken to England as an exhibit in 1883-84 with her baby daughter, my great grandmother, Mary Oliver.

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