2017/0043 Jackie-Jackie

Jackie-Jackie

Artist

Julie DOWLING
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
30 Jan 1969
 in
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Jackie-Jackie
Date
2001
Medium/Material
oil and red ochre on canvas
Dimensions
120.4 x 100.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0043
Currently on display (GALLERY 4 IAN & SUE BERNADT in GALLERY BUILDING)

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This painting is about slave labour in the sheep industry in WesternAustralia. Indeed, it is about all forms of slavery perpetrated by colonialinvaders into First Nation held lands and water.Colonials view First Nation people as lazy and only fit for slavery.Immoral, racist attitudes about First Nation people still exist today.In the background, the landscape is split in its line of perspective. Themale figure stands waist deep, surrounded by sheep. The wool industryin ‘Australia’ once held the world market. The profits of which have madesome of the richest families on this continent. The profits never spiltinto the hands of First Nation people – the slave labourers who wereanything but lazy. Some of the men (and women) who were subjected tothis treatment are alive today.As the saying goes, “we only began to be called lazy when we stoppedworking for free.”

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