Due to our interest in the remarkabe creativity of these people, we offer this report on a recent Aboriginal Art event in
If you have never been to the Australian outback, it will be very difficult for you to envision the setting.
There are great stretches of red earth with desert scrub and, pretty much, nothing higher than the top of your boots. Dry river beds and washes course the earth.
In the midst of this are settlements of Australian Aboriginals who live a life incredibly close to the earth.
The major population center for all this is
It's a community with a colonial quality, that would hardly be considered even a small city in the
(In fact, Australians don’t generally travel to the Aboriginal communities of the outback either. The government restricts the ability of non-Aboriginals to visit the settlements.)
It always amazes me that an extraordinary art movement has emerged here and flourishes here. Recently, the Desert Mob Show in
The Desert Mob show is all the more remarkable because of it roots in the community.
It lacks the funding many other shows have, including the recently experienced Native American Indian Market in
Nevertheless, the vitality, fire and force of this work is more than inspiring. It is uplifting and mind-opening.
The Desert Mob is the result of a collection of
Works done by these artists are brought to market and the public view at the Desert Mob Show. The show is not juried and not curated. All the art that the
By all reports, the cumulative effect wass stunning, breathtaking, eye-fracturing beauty.
For more information, including a review of last year’s Desert Mob Show, visit this web site - http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/arts/ascp/araluen/galleries/desertmob.html