Is it ok to be two things at once

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

I painted this because I get asked sometimes why I identify as Badimaya
First Nation when I look “so white”.
Within white society I get asked many personal questions about my
identity as if it is their right. This arrogance means that when you have
been raised in your Badimia family, you know what such questions mean.
It is the total ignorance of what happened when our ancestors were
raped and exploited for generations. I am the product of the breeding
out program.
I painted a picture to tell post-modernists that I would not be a bridge so
that cultural appropriation and theft of First Nations intellectual property
couldn’t happen.
Is it ok to be two things at once
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre and blood on canvas
104 x 65 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1996
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.