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Painting Power : Ritual, Art and Land

About Painting Power : Ritual, Art and Land

New FORM exhibition Painting Power explores ritual, art and land in a series of potent artworks by Aboriginal artists living in remote Australia. The show, which opened on Friday, 5 May at FORM’s Goods Shed in Claremont, encompasses works from art centres across Australia, including Munupi Arts, Warlukurlangu Artists, Ikuntji Artists, Mimili Maku Arts and Tjala Arts.

The exhibition considers the significance of art to Aboriginal life and the connection between the physical and spiritual realms.  Vivid canvases evoke rain making rituals, ancestral narratives, the connection to stars and moon and the manifestation of traditional land management practices.  Historically, art had a role in Aboriginal life. Today this continues with a substantial body of art in the exhibition expressing risk-taking, experimentation and the power of contemporary Aboriginal art to fuse different worlds.

Painting Power draws together works which reflect concepts of ritual in Aboriginal painting both as a means of expressing, song, dance and ceremony, as well as creating meaning and making sense of the world. Significant artistic designs were often an enactment of the dynamism and energy of ritual and religious life. Art in Aboriginal life can be a means of connecting with heritage, community and ancestors whilst simultaneously expressing the tangible, physical relationships between people and land. 

Painting Power was opened by the Hon. David Alan Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts and Stephen Goode, Chief Executive Officer at the Town of Claremont from 6-8pm. The exhibition opened on Friday, 5 May at The Goods Shed, Corner of Shenton Road and Claremont Crescent, Claremont. 

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