Self portrait: City girl (from the Family series)

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

This image shows me crying about missing my Badimaya country. I was
thinking about the possibility that I may go to my ancestors far away
from such sorrow.
I was also told by someone that I wasn’t a real Badimaya person because
I lived in the city. Something which only occurred after the Native Title
legislation was introduced to the lives of First Nation people. First Nation
people had to prove a continual connection to land which is a human
rights violation according to the Indigenous UN.
At the time I was living in North Perth which is very close to the city of Perth.
Self portrait: City girl (from the Family series)
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
45.5 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.