Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Aboriginal Art Reflection

For the readings due today, I was particularly interested in what Scharfstein had to say about the Aboriginal art of Australia. After having gone there 2 summers ago, I learned a little about Aboriginal art and what the meaning was behind it. Ever since I went there, I have always been interested in the art. However, Aboriginal art is hardly touched on in my art history book. So, when I read todays readings, I already knew a little, but what I found most interesting was how Pat Mamanyjum Torres described the process and myths revolving around the development of different tribes. To sum it up, he stated that before a child is born, they have a dream of their spirit child playing with say and animal, plant, or weather element. After this dream, basically the parents interpret this dream to be what their child “belongs” to. I found this interesting because the man I have posted a picture of works as an aboriginal didgeridoo player for the museum my tour went to but had also discussed what the paint on his body symbolizes. I forget what animal he said he belonged to, but I do remember that the paint they put on their body before a song or ritual is not just a random design on their body, but an interpretation of the animal they are tied to. At the time I had not retained much information while I was there “learning” about the Aboriginal art, which makes me all the more interested in it because I hope to go back there one day and learn even more! 


  1. Very nice post, Sarah. It is nice to have more images to look at in connection with Aboriginal art. I wish I could say a field trip was in the works, but....

  2. I liked this point especially after watching the video in class on the cultural differences of the African tribe expressing dance in ceremonies. It was nice to be able to connect with the pictures and get your topic across easily. It would be very cool to take a trip like this and experience how art impacts others, and in what way it impacts them.