The Infinite Line

Anna Dowling
The Infinite Line
Credit: Bimara (Serpent), 2015
Image Courtesy of the Artist
 A SALA EXHIBITION

Since the dispossession and dispersal of Aboriginal people, traumatic impacts have been felt not only by past generations with direct, traumatic experience but they have also been passed down to subsequent generations through various psychological, physiological and social processes.

A historical and emotional legacy of shame, loss and desolation is precipitating many of the problems facing Aboriginal communities today. Through this series of drawings, I have reflected on this concept of intergenerational transmission of historic trauma.  The designs merge together physiological elements such as DNA strands and finger prints with traditional cultural symbols and marks.

About the Artist

At age 21, Anna Dowling was the recipient of the 2014 Don Dunstan “Our Mob” Emerging Artist Prize.  She is a descendant of the Badimia people of the Yamatji region in Western Australia and feels strongly about creating art that reflects the beauty, diversity and incredible value of Aboriginal culture.  Anna seeks to further her artistic skills and knowledge by learning from artists and community leaders. She hopes to continue to create art that is significant because it respects, preserves and promotes Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives in the community.    

Anna uses patterns and shapes to expresses movement, feelings and memories.  The artwork is highly detailed and takes many hours to complete.  Traditionally, Aboriginal art involved patience and was a meditative and spiritual process. Anna feels very connected to her culture when creating art.

Anna Dowling

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