synthetic polymer paint on paper
76 x 56cm
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Austral Gallery, USA
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
The acrylic Paintingss on paper resulted from a project organised for Utopia artists by Rodney Gooch. Some thirty three Paintingss were made and collected by Rodney in a short period during 1993. The objective was to expand the creative challenges of the artists who had proved themselves to be highly skilled artists using the mediums of batik and canvas. Clearly, working with paper in the desert presented significant logistical challenges. The artists included Ada Bird Petyarre who contributed the largest number of works, June Bird, Paddy Bird, Eileen Bird, Colin Bird, Launa Purvis and Angelina Pwerle. Rodney described these as the first Paintingss on paper at Utopia.Exhibited Story
Aboriginal People believe there was a time when the landscape was a vast featureless mass. During the Creation period (the Dreaming) Spirits emerged from the sky and from beneath the earth. They took the form of humans and animals and created the topographical landmarks - Ancestral Rock Paintingss, waterholes, hills, mountains and rivers. These Spirits then created all life on earth – the animals and the people.
To sleep under the Southern Sky in the Australian Desert one is overwhelmed by the millions of stars. It is not surprising then that Aboriginal People’s belief system is connected to the night sky and the stars have stories associated with their origins too. Aboriginal People believe that the stars and planets were once men, women and animals during creation. Marlu (Milky Way Dreaming) is of supreme importance both as a visual landmark but also the residence for the ancestral beings. On death, they believe that the body returns to the ancestors to be reborn again – in another form.
The Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories of creation vary from region to region but are underpinned by a connection between all living things. The continuity of the belief systems is passed down from generation to generation by the selected custodians (elders). These elders can be compared with high priests in other societies, those selected for their ability to comprehend the depth of the knowledge and the ability to maintain it in an unchanging way.