Mythology in Art
Carroll, Colleen, Arts & Activities
The art of Aboriginal Australia reaches back over 30,000 years. These ancient peoples depicted their world through iconography that included dots, geometric shapes, hand and foot prints, and renderings of plant and animal forms. Tribal artists mainly used ochre to create pigment; rock, bark, sand and the human body were their "canvases."
Many contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists, such as the painter of this month's Clip & Save Art Print, work within this traditional symbology, connecting their lives and art to the ancient belief referred to as Dreaming or Dreamtime.
"The Aborigines learned about the origins of the tribe through their Dreamtime creation …
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Publication information: Article title: Mythology in Art. Contributors: Carroll, Colleen - Author. Magazine title: Arts & Activities. Volume: 152. Issue: 1 Publication date: September 2012. Page number: 26. © 2009 Publishers' Development Corporation. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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