CONTENT WARNING: mentions of sexual assault, murder.
"This song concerns the female of the species, a woman at her most vulnerable, she who walks alone at night. A bit about the back story of Shattered Dreams. I wrote it for Edith McKeon, mother of Jill Meagher after I read her victim impact statement in the aftermath of Jill’s death. Horrendous. I began contemplating my own mother-daughter relationship from the perspective of one who had just lost a daughter. Devastating. Now that I am a mother, I see myself in that eternal cycle/predicament of creation and all that goes with it. It goes without saying that a mothers work is cut out for her shouldering the many responsibilities caring for her little tacker. I live in Brunswick and every time I leave the house alone at night I think about these things, I can't help it nor can anyone preoccupied with the wellbeing of their daughters - fathers care this much too. We trust, sometimes in vain, that no mischance shall eventuate but unpredictable shit happens, whether we have faith in humanity or not. It was a challenging undertaking writing something so inexplicably emotive but I intended it as a pledge of sympathy to Edith, and whether she hears it or not I want her to know we're standing right there beside her. Mothers who are daughters who have daughters, it's our job - it’s everyone's job to make the streets safe for our daughters. Since Jill's event, women are empowering themselves, we have our street-wits about us, we are looking out for and listening to each other. We are raising and educating our boys to be allies and not misuse their physiological, sociological bias toward domination over us. There are many ways to enact 'Girl Power' in our community and these are some of them."
Julie is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne.
My practice is decades long and has traversed many mediums over the years. I have made provocative comics that deal with issues ranging from self harm to sexual abuse, I am a songwriter, vocalist, glockenspielest, poet, occasional photographer of taboo narratives, theatre maker and more. All the work touches upon themes of sex and death and the condition of being born a woman. I am a woman of Arabic decent, I am over forty, I am a survivor of sexual abuse, however I don't identify with any label. I recently entered motherhood and my contemporary art works pertain to the heartbreak and joy of that newfound career.