Cross your heart

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

I painted this picture to show how western objects have been used by
women in my community. One such object is the bra, and the Playtex
‘Cross Your Heart’ bra.
This picture symbolises how many elder women throughout
communities’ strip down to their skirts and bra to walk through the bush
to find food, and maintain Country, for the benefit of future generations.
I painted an elder woman gesturing upward and with her body springing
from a Kurrajong tree, as a symbol of her being a part of nature.
Cross your heart
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre, glitter and metallic paint on canvas
55.5 x 60.5 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.


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