Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret)

Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret) artist Julie Dowling explores the theme of slavery in Australia for First Nations peoples both in past centuries and in current Australian society.

A series of highly decorated figurative artworks that will draw in and engage the viewer. Upon closer inspection there is a strong political edge challenging the myth that First Nations peoples were/are lazy and a drain on society. The beauty presented in the works becomes a metaphor for the resilience and wisdom of First Nations peoples to overcome the narrow narrative that has mythologised colonisation.

 

Image Credit –   Julie Dowling Cousin Peter, 2017

Image courtesy City of Greater Geraldton