Amelia Dowling is a Melbourne based textile artist. In 2007 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fashion Design and for five years she ran a women’s fashion label. In 2013 Dowling graduated with a Master’s Degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies from the Australian National University (ANU). Dowling uses text, embroidery and collage to challenge societal norms and explore concepts of vulnerability, memory and personal narrative. The artist places traditional mediums and vintage materials alongside subversive details and language, contextualizing works through their emotive titles. The result is a study of radical softness, empathy and healing, interwoven with personal experiences of misogyny, grief and humour. Dowling currently works in Public Programs at the National Gallery of Victoria and exhibits in solo and group exhibitions across Australia.
Visit the Portfolio section of the website to see more of the artist’s work.
“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
Amelia Dowling, We are volcanoes, hand embroidery on vintage photographs, various sizes, gallery view, from Soft Tissue solo show, 2018, Brunswick St Gallery Melbourne.