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Dreaming - An Exhibition of Aborigine Art (From Central Desert, Australia)
The artists represented are from the Central Desert Area in Australia. They produced their art works at the “Utopia”, “Ikuntji”, and “Kintore” communities where they live. Curated by Dr. Macon Macnamara of Corofin, on several journeys to Australia, the many artworks, large canvas to small paper and bark, represents the day to day motifs which depict “the Dreaming” sequence of the particular community that the artist is a member of.
The Dreaming - A term commonly used about
Aboriginal Australia to refer to Aboriginal cosmology, encompassing the
creator and ancestral beings, the laws of religions and social behaviour,
the land and landscape, the spiritual forces, which sustain life and the
narratives, which concern these.
Among 30 represented, the artists include;
Traditional symbols are an essential part of much contemporary Aboriginal art. The modern paintings of the Central Desert incorporate many of these. Water and animal motif prevail. Works are abstracted using a form of markings or a pointillism, characteristic of much Aborigine art. In the less abstracted work some of the more common symbols used are;
While the most commonly used symbols are
relatively simple, they can be used in elaborate combinations to tell
more complex stories. For example, a Water Dreaming painting might show
a U shaped symbol for a man, sitting next to a circle or concentric circles
representing a waterhole, and spiral lines showing running water. The
painter is telling the story of the power of the water man to invoke rain.
Further symbols will add to the depth of meaning. Today artists often
refer to the 'outside' story which they provide for the general public
while the painting retains an 'inside' story accessible only to those
with the appropriate level of knowledge.
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