Aboriginal Art Symbols

Australian Aborigines have been creating visual art depicting Aboriginal art symbols for thousands of years. Aboriginal art takes many forms, including exquisite fiber craft, ancient engravings, body art, sand art, rock art, wooden sculptures, bark paintings, and brilliant contemporary paintings. Aside from expressing themselves through art, Aboriginal Australians actually use art as a way of communication.

Before, Aboriginal artworks were produced purely for the private viewing of people who has a certain level of knowledge. Nowadays, Aboriginal art pieces have been particularly created for public presentation. Even though the purpose of producing Aboriginal art has changed, many artworks remain inspired by traditional Aboriginal art symbols, marks from the country, and the “Dreamtime” or the “Dreaming”, the term used by Aboriginals referring to the period of creation.

Traditional aboriginal art

Australian Aboriginal Art Symbols

Apart from using Aboriginal art symbols as the main subjects of their artworks, their ancestors’ symbols are important in many Aboriginal ceremonies. The Aboriginals believe that when these symbols are applied to a surface of an object or to the body of humans taking part in a ceremony, they will have the ability to convert the object to one with religious power and significance. By using ground ochre combined with water, Aboriginals draw symbols on their face and body.

Ancient Aboriginals also use symbols to tell stories, beliefs, and sometimes, specific events. Aboriginal art examples, like engravings, drawings and paintings, on surfaces such as earth, sand, rock, wood or trees, have important meaning to them.

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