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Aboriginal presentation

  1. 1. Aboriginal Australian Aesthetics Colin Ducharme & Courtney Self<br />
  2. 2. Resources <br /><ul><li>Environment
  3. 3. Limited Materials </li></li></ul><li>Why do Aborigines make art?<br />“[Art] is the voice through which the human soul speaks to the spirit of nature.” (Anderson)<br />Eternal Dreamtime<br />Spiritual world <br />Ritual & Performance<br />
  4. 4. Scarification<br /><ul><li> Mobile art mediums: the human body
  5. 5. Techniques
  6. 6. Purpose: </li></ul> - mourning <br /> - initiation rituals <br /> - social status <br /> - enhancement of beauty<br />
  7. 7. Body Art<br /><ul><li> Techniques </li></ul> - greased/ochers<br /> - blood/ kapok plant <br /> - paint <br /><ul><li> Enhanced appearance
  8. 8. Ritual purposes
  9. 9. Painted designs were owned by the individuals who wore them
  10. 10. Clothing to decorate not to cover </li></li></ul><li>Do you think body modification qualifies as art?<br />
  11. 11. Cave Art<br />
  12. 12. Bark Painting<br />Tjurungas- flat, oval, or circular slabs of wood or stone, often bearing complex paintings and incised patterns <br />Art makers used subjective vision- representing things not as they appear to the eye, but as the mind knows them eternally to be <br />Paint and blood<br />Used to educate future generations <br />Art making<br />
  13. 13. Initiation Ceremonies <br />Ceremonies were performed to sustain the realm of human <br />Initiates were altered in appearance: <br />- Pulling out teeth/ hair <br /><ul><li>Scarification
  14. 14. Genital Mutilation </li></li></ul><li>Aboriginal Religion continued… <br />Fertility Mother: Kunapipi (Gunabibi) focus on increased magic <br /> - perpetuate natural order of the Eternal Dreamtime <br />Ritual & dance <br />
  15. 15. Aboriginal and the Contemporary World <br />In recent decades, the aborigines had two options: <br /><ul><li>Reproduce traditional paintings (bark, paper, or canvas)
  16. 16. Or the Western easel-painting styles of the non-Aboriginal world </li></ul>Scholars have interpreted the art to be valuable and influential in Australia’s cultural heritage <br />

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