Mitjili Naparrula is one of the most famous Aboriginal women painters. Her paintings has a distinctive personal style based on the sandhills, bushes and trees of her father’s country at Uwalki. She often expresses her heritage and her father’s ‘dreamings’, which is an important aspect of Aboriginal art. We found quotes on Creative Spirits that explains ‘dreaming’ and ‘dreamtime’:
“Each Aboriginal person identifies with a specific Dreaming. It gives them identity, dictates how they express their spirituality and tells them which other Aboriginal people are related to them in a close family, because those share the same Dreaming. One person can have multiple Dreamings.”
“Each form shares the spirituality from the ‘Dreaming’. It is during ceremonies that the trance-like dreaming state seizes the Aboriginal people and they connect with the ancestral beings.”
Aboriginal art information can be found here at Kate Owen Gallery:
“Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories: even contemporary Aboriginal art, is based on stories (Jukurrpa) and symbols centred on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. The Dreamtime stories are up to and possibly even exceeding 50,000 years old, and have been handed down through the generations virtually unchanged for all those years.”
We are fascinated with Aboriginal art and will probably post other well-known artists. Unfortunately, many of them do not have their own websites. We rely on Google and Aboriginal art galleries for their biography and images.
Tiffany Calder Kingston considers art as her voice for the environment. Born in Melbourne she moved in 2004 to be close to her creative inspiration, the natural environment of Byron Bay. On her website she writes this about her environmental art:
“As many artists may understand, once we have placed the first mark on a blank canvas it begins a journey into the depths of our creative souls. Each line, shape, color are no more than a dialogue between the source and the artist. This is our visual voice.”
“My artwork is an interpretation of natures dialogue. It is an understanding of my ancestry but most of all it is a fascination of the human species and our relationship to the planet. I have studied many cultures that worship elements of nature and yet many who neglect it. Not only is this evident throughout the planet but even within our local environment.”
“What I see… In nature I believe each element connects or is linked together energetically as one cannot exist without the other. The landscape I see is not just the hills of a horizon line instead it is the layers beneath the earth, within the waters depths, the root systems, and the seeds that are the new beginning. My interest in the wetlands for example is because of its diversity and the lineage of generations of plant matter, which are the foundations for the growth of new life.”
You can follow the artist here as well on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Tiffany Calder Kingston.
Admiring the artwork of Sweden-based visual artist, Anastasia Savinova. Particularly liking the drawings, paintings and architectural collages shown above. In an interview with Landescape Art Review she says this about what defines a work of art:
“What defines a work of art for me is its ability to affect the senses or emotions. Art gets you to slow down and travel into it. You wander in an artwork’s space, thinking, recalling something, surprising.dreaming, smiling. enjoying.”
“Sometimes, art creates a tension, but it is not a destructive tension, it is rather a creative tension. Art makes difference. I’m not saying that art can change the world, but it adds beauty, fullness and joy, that contributes to our well-being. Art can make a huge difference or a tiny difference, but a tiny difference is still a difference, isn’t it?”
You can follow the artist on Facebook and see more of her work on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Anastasia Savinova.