Driving back from Tilba I was exhausted and angry. By the second day of driving and after having worked flat out for month without a day off I felt empty and unmotivated. With an angry gesture to a tailgating truck driver I pulled into a rest area at Kempsy that had a tourist info and, shock, an art gallery.
The first painting that cracked its way through my grimy, road numbed mood was Gina Varagnolo’s “Lizards.” The beauty of her images, the detail and precision was wonderful, so much control giving rise to so much energy.
Next to her work was Rex Winston Walford’s “Rainbow” which somehow was hyper modern while at the same time touching something ancient. I guess that makes it beyond time..
Finally I was spirited away with Anthony Flanders spirit animals. His wonderful visions of animals nestled in fields of sub-atomic life gave me a shake and opened my heart.
Again the creative, unquenchable universe brought me back to the art that first pulled me out of my ‘Contemporary Art’ disillusionment.. Aboriginal art.
This is the art that for me wakes me up a little. With its view of the universe beyond the veil of the material world and into the energy realm. The art that gives a clear reminder that we are not simply spending, working, feeding, sleeping, grooming bodies floating around in a world of mass consumption, we are linked, energetic fields swimming in a sea of life!
With this breath of fresh visions, I strolled back out to my car and sat in the shade where I encountered my own spirit animal in the form of a huntsman running around inside the car. This made me really laugh and I sat back and day dreamed while my creative, unstoppable thoughts started unrolling into a blog.
Sadly, its only now that I think about the people whose land I drove through. I didn’t give a single thought to the hidden beings, ancestors and guardians who were inhabiting the same bubble of life as myself. Stuck in my thoughts and my anger I missed all of that creative life.
Thank you to the Dunghutti-Ngaku people for sharing your visions and your land. May I learn to see like you.. before I am consumed by my material vision.
If you want to learn more about the Dunghutti-Ngakuthese artists you can visit their webpage, http://dnaag.com.au/