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Amazing Grace, self portrait, 2008 [picture] / Julie Dowling
Bib ID 4399791
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Dowling, Julie, (Julie Ann) 1969-
 
Online Versions
Description 2008 
1 painting : col. acrylic, polymer, ochre on canvas ; 160 x 160 cm. 
Summary

This work is a culmination of an extensive journey back to traditional Badimaya country and the act of forgiveness for past injustices inflicted by colonial force. This works reflects the quest for knowledge and understanding of my ancestral country. It is about the end of my journey to country with feeling of resolution and peace. Badimaya ancestral country is located in the central west of Western Australia and the specific sacred country for my family is located at a place called Coodingnow. Coodingnow means the place of two different bird species- one called the Coodin (a small bird) and the other the Gnow (Mallee fowl). Our women ancestors are buried at this place and the sacred creation serpent- the Beemara created the landscape. The Beemara (affectionately named "Old Boy") still lives under the sacred spring located on Coodingnow. The title of this work was influenced and inspired by the British film "Amazing Grace" which tells the story of William Wilberforce. Wilberforce led the successful campaign the end the global slave trade in the 1800s. Such debates were raging during the time when the Badimaya people were being subjected to cruel treatment by white squatters. This painting is about forgiveness for such deeds inflicted upon Badimaya people and the search for the deeper understanding of how Badimaya survive today."--Artist's statement.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer based on acquisitions documentation, see file NLA04/508.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-148118156

Source of Acquisition Purchased from Brigitte Braun Gallery, 2008. 
Subjects Dowling, Julie, (Julie Ann) 1969- -- Pictorial works.  |  Women artists, Aboriginal Australian -- Pictorial works.
Occupation Painters.
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