Fiona Lowry

I dream in my dream all the dreams of the other dreamers and I become the other dreamers

acrylic on canvas
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This work is from a series inspired by the chance discovery of a 1950s book that listed Australia’s bushrangers. Surprisingly, the first was a man named John ‘Black’ Caesar of unknown African parentage. He was a slave in America who sought freedom in Britain only to end up a convict in Australia.

It’s a curious story because it reveals that colonial Australia was multi-racial from the outset. I was also interested in his relationship with fellow convict Anne Power, with whom he had a daughter and possibly a son.

- Fiona Lowry, 2014