The Aboriginal culture has for a long time been a phenomenon that most people marvel about. However, what has been more fascinating is their form of art that has been used more as a tool of communication. This is more so proven to be true as most of the information that has been revealed about the ancient aboriginal culture has been done so through their art. That is why understanding this form of art as more of a communication tool than just pricey and utterly impressive tools is very vital to understanding their culture as well as their history. Here are some facts about this form of art that you may not have known and those that may help you realize their importance.
First off, the aboriginal art is inspired by religious events, rituals and totems. It is also based on the myth of the dream time and with this type of art, there is a story behind every drawing. Even though the drawing is considered to have a variety of layers as to its meaning depending on the aboriginal artiste, there is no question that every piece of art in this culture is made to reflect a given ritual, occurrence in the dream time or a totem with which a particular clan relates itself to. This could be an animal or a bird or a spiritual being. Because of this importance, it is why this form of art is used to teach by the aboriginals.
The oldest form of aboriginal art is the painting on bark. However, considering that the bark is liable to decay and that the paints that were used to make this type of paintings are very short lived, these aged paintings are drastically becoming extinct. This was then preceded by drawing on leaves, rocks and sand. Rock paintings are the ones that are more prevalent and as such they are what most people have come to familiarize themselves with perhaps more so because of the durable nature of the rock.
There are a number of factors that dictate what an artist can draw and the form of art that they draw. For instance, an artist has to seek permission if they are to draw a painting that is sensitive and more so relates to the secrets of the culture or a sacred ritual that is related to the aborigines. This is so to conserve and respect the culture and its belief. Furthermore, a traditional aboriginal artist cannot make a drawing of something that is not related to them through the family lineage. It may sound unrealistic but considering that these art pieces are tools that are meant to communicate the relevance of a symbol to a certain clan or a certain ritual that took place, it is only realistic that the artist is able to draw what they comprehend and what is well understood by them.
All the technicalities and the seriousness aside, it is worth noting on a lighter note that there are two museums in the world that are dedicated to displaying aboriginal art exclusively. These include one located in Holland that is known as the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art and the other is the Kluge-Rune collection in the University of Virginia. It is also worth noting that among the priciest aboriginal art sold in recent times was priced at AU$240,000 and was sold in 2007 by artiste Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so confusing why this form of art arouses a lot of interest.