These are some essays I wrote while studying Theory of Art and Design at Monash University.
Art always reflects society, even if it is often in hindsight that connections can
be made. I find these connections fascinating.
The first essay “Is painting dead?”came about because I felt that I was always having
to defend the fact that I wanted to paint when it was considered out of date. I looked
at how Abstract Expressionism can appeal to our subconscious if we allow ourselves
to contemplate the imagery. I have given some of the reasons I believe that painting
is still and
After seeing the Werner Hertzog film Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Herzog, Werner, Director,
Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Documentary film Distributed by IFC Films2010.) about
the discovery of hidden cave paintings in France that depict the animals of prehistoric
times in such vivid detail, my views about the validity of painting were strengthened.
This film made me feel that to paint was to be practicing a tradition that has endured
since the beginning of human society.
It is a form of expression humans of all cultures have felt a strong desire for.
I’ve always wondered why that is?
I guess my reason for questioning is because I’ve always had an unexplainable desire
For the second essay “Where are the great Australian women landscape artists?”, I
became very passionate about women’s art after discovering some revealing statistics.
In this essay I made some interesting connections between Australian music and art
in the 80s.
I have always admired Aboriginal art and was particularly interested to research
the connection between urban and traditional forms of Aboriginal art. Lin Onus’s
art builds a bridge between Indigenous and Western art using humour to deliver a
serious message. I learnt so much about Aboriginal culture from this research.
In the fourth essay I wanted to look at how Aboriginal art fits into the context
of the Western idea of art. I look at the expressive work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
and discover that part of its appeal is that is doesn’t try to fit into any Western
ideology but her creativity remains universal.
Terry Winters Free Union, 1983
Shay Docking, Harvest Moon and Tree Serpent Goddess, 1978