Clay art

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 31 2015

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Category: Australia, Oceania

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Unlike the wonderful creations of the termite or the crab that we could admire in last two weeks’ posts, the creations of man can sometimes be called art. This is because of man’s capability to reflect, to think about himself and the world. The creative works of man are to a greater or lesser extent, but always to some extent, the result of reflection, of a conscious activity of the mind. And that’s what distinguishes them from the works of animals. We can find the latter equally beautiful or even more beautiful but that’s of no importance, since this qualification too is emerging from the human mind.

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In this week’s pictures we see an Aboriginal artist from Arnhem Land busy making a bark painting. We see differently coloured stones that he uses to make his ochre clay paint in red, yellow and white, which is so characteristic for the bark paintings of Arnhem Land. The animals he has painted on his bark reflect the ancestral past, and probably more specifically the ancestral past of his clan. His name is Glen Namundja and he is a renowned artist from Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) in the north-west of Arnhem Land. You can read more about him here.

Photos of the week: Bark painting by Glen Namundja, Injalak Arts, Oenpelli, Arnhem Land, Australia 2013

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