Traditionally in Culture there is men’s business and women’s business. The traditional structures that supported balance between people and nature’s many facets are represnted in paintings. The stories we see today are the same stories as have always been told. Some are maps, some are explainations, some are about ancetory, beliefs, wisdom and survial.
This is why we separate the artwork by gender in both online work and as much as possible we are also aware of this in Gallery spaces. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy any of these artworks, women may buy men’s paintings and men’s women’s – it is understanding a little of the core roots of culture, understanding that certain stories are that group of peoples story, their history, mapping and Dreamtime, so someone out side of those permissions can not paint that story. This is because the Stories, are part of that families history. Some Stories are broader that are told different ways via experience of the same history. Others are more personal.
Pictured is artist Stephen Martin Pitjara
painting in the Gallery – “Shooting Stars”
Seen out bush where the air is clean and night has its darkness.
Aboriginal Women hold many roles in cultural society.
They have responsibilities for food, medicines, bush craft, the telling and keeping of Stories, the Dreamtime and respect for past connecting to future.
Pictured is Theresa Armstrong in the Gallery with her beautiful painting