Billabong Dreams at the Seattle Art Museum

Warringaari - Coming Together

Warringaari – Coming Together


While my husband and I were in Seattle last month, we visited the Seattle Art Museum, specifically to see a small collection of the Abstract Expressionists. We were even more impressed by the Aboriginal artwork from Australia. This is what the museum said about the work:

“BILLABONG DREAMS – Water is a complex subject to capture visually on dry bark or flat canvas. Australian Aboriginal artists remind us that observing water can guide life. as people consider the depth of rockholes and billabongs, the tidal ebb and flow, the rough and calm, to be an analog for ancestral knowledge. Artists do their best to render water’s reflections, transparence, surface, depth and many symbolic references.”

I was very impressed by these extraordinary pieces of art and thought they were actually on fabric, but they were done on eucalyptus bark and canvas. I loved the simplicity of the designs and the similar palette. The theme of water is one that I have been thinking about for my own work, given the drought situation in California. It is funny how ideas germinate in your mind for a while, then a spark makes them come alive. After seeing this work, I may just get a new series started.

Wayampajarti

Wayampajarti

Waarlla - Rockholes

Waarlla – Rockholes

Messsge Sticks

Messsge Sticks

Tjamu Tjamu

Tjamu Tjamu

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