Self portrait: Black bird

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

A 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.
Self portrait: Black bird
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
120.0 x 100.0 cm
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.


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