Ronnie: The neurotic (from the Family series)

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

My mother Ronnie would often be treated badly by people because she
was different. She had a form of social anxiety which turned her into
being housebound for most of my childhood.
It came from severe childhood trauma that she kept secret from
everyone and was only told to me when I was an adult.
When I was growing up, I only wanted her to be liked by people, but
she never wanted anyone near her. In those times, she would teach me
about art because she wanted to be an artist. She had to go out into the
world to find work to help her family financially.
Ronnie: The neurotic (from the Family series)
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint and red ochre on canvas
45.7 x 35.5 cm
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.