2017/0066 Yalgoo

Yalgoo

Artist

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

Artwork

Title
Yalgoo
Date
2002
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, oil and red ochre on canvas
Dimensions
120.0 x 150.3 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0066
Currently not on display

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My grandmother, Mollie Dowling (née Latham), holds the hand of herolder brother, Uncle George Latham as they sit in their country at aplace named Yalgoo. The small deteriorating form of a railway siding canbe seen in the centre. It is an artefact of the gold rush that happenedin this area. The Badimaya translation for Yalgoo is goanna fat. Whenlocal people were asked what they thought the gold nuggets were, theyresponded stating that it resembled the fat found inside of a goannawhen opened up before it was eaten.I needed to show my family elders together because they were the lasttwo of their nine siblings. They are now both gone to our ancestors. Iwanted to show how economic whims mean nothing in comparison tothe wealth there is in cultural people.

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