Jesus loves Mollie?

Julie DOWLING: artist

Not On Display

About the work

In this painting, my grandmother, Mollie, is seated in the right
foreground. She is recovering from the stroke that she suffered in 1993.
Her body is surrounded by an aura.
In the left foreground is my grandmother as an 18-year-old when she
was baptised a Roman Catholic.
This vignette is taken from a photograph of Mollie in the artist’s
collection in which she appears as a smiling young girl with a statue of
the virgin.
The words are of a well-known children’s hymn, Jesus loves me, are
inscribed at the centre because that is what she was taught to sing at
the convent. Mollie worked in the orphanage laundry from the age of
twelve till she was twenty-one years old.
Jesus loves Mollie?
Artist/Maker and role
Julie DOWLING: artist
synthetic polymer paint, red and yellow ochre and blood on canvas
71.0 x 124.5 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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