oil on linen
120 x 100 cm
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Australia's gaols are full of Aboriginal people. It is no surprise to hear that the rate of Aboriginal women being held is filling our gaols. There are many Aboriginal deaths in custody of women and I studied the Royal Commission and found many deaths of Aboriginal women. It shocked me. In 1993 I had an exhibition on the deaths of 19 Aboriginal men and women. This painting shows how beautiful and strong our young women are and how fragile is their future. The Aboriginal woman bore the violence and pain since 'civilisation' came to Australia. The painting has the blue and white checkered lines which are on a policeman's hat/uniform. When an Aboriginal woman was raped by the police who could they turn to for support. GinGin was a nickname for our beautiful young women who tried to raise a family and wanted to be accepted in society. When the history is told correctly then the stories will show that Aboriginal women were treated unfairly and violently and even slaughtered. Remember these Aboriginal mothers still harbour these stories and they have been passed down from 'generation to generation' and the anger is still prevalent today, what happened to their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.