Australian aboriginals form the group which has the longest cultural history in earth (at least 65.000 years). The word Dreamtime is used because very often revelations or insights are received in dreams or recurring visions. The Dreaming refers to all that is known and all that is understood. It is the way Aboriginal people explain life and how their world came into being. It is central to the existence of traditional Aboriginal people, their lifestyle and their culture, for it determines their values and beliefs and their relationship with every living creature and every feature of the landscape.
The paintings are mythical representations of landscapes or conceptual maps of designs wrought by ancestors. In this tradition sculptures, paintings, dances and songs relating to the Dreamtime are repeating the work of Ancestors, thus keeping the world alive. (http://aboriginalart.com.au/gallery/gallery_intro.html)
As one of the artists Malcolm Jagamarra, says, “I will always acknowledge that the spiritualism of this great continent is forever embedded in its natural environment and that as indigenous peoples we are custodians of its sacred religions”.
For Aboriginal people who follow traditional beliefs, the Dreaming is intensely personal and therefore I’ve just inspired myself in their designs trying to reflect the beauty of their compositions.
There are several artists which I find very inspiring:
Ada Bird Petyarre, Beerbee Mungnari, Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Fred Tjakamarra, Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi, Jean Nampitjinpa, Jimmy Ross Tjampitjinpa y Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Lyndsay Bird Mpetyane, Malcolm Jagamarra, Michael Jakamarra Nelson, Motorcar Jim, Paddy Petyarre, Ronnie Price Mpetyane, Eunice Napangardi, Greeny Purvis, Janet Long Nakamarra, Pansy Napangardi, Turkey Toulson Jupurulla.