Dreamings: The art of Aboriginal Australia 1988

I suppose country is the most important thing in my work – land, landscapes, the horizon, seeing beyond the horizon, beyond what’s there. I rather like the vastness of Australia, the wide-open spaces. I try and put that across in my work, that freedom and space and openness in the land and beauty, even though the land might be dry and parched, it might be desert. The beauty of the place, the silence, the aesthetic of it, and also the myth of the outback, draws my attention, draws my eye. MR

Dreamings: The art of Aboriginal Australia was made in 1988 to accompany an exhibition of the same title, curated by anthropologist Peter Sutton. The exhibition featured over 100 artworks from Central Australia, Arnhem Land, Lake Eyre and the Cape York Peninsula, and toured the United States. Produced by Janet Bell, this 30-minute film by Michael Riley is a journey across land and artistic medium, documenting place, people and their artistic style and practice. It features interviews with renowned artists Dr David Malangi and Michael Jagamara Nelson.

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