3rd of May 2012
We are incredibly privileged to have such an amazing artist showing at our space. Elisa Jane Carmichael is a true original and we asked her to give us her opinion on how culture influences art.
I create art to express myself and share my culture with the rest of the world. I think its important to share my families dreamtime stories, life and other cultural aspects with others so they can gain knowlegde of the past and celebrate our ways of life. Art allows the viewer to see new concepts on the world we live in. It is important for everyone to have an understanding of the many different cultures and diversity within cultures.
I am a descendant of the Ngugi people from Quandamooka country salt water people off the south east coast of Queensland, Australia, Moreton and Stradbroke Island. Many people have never heard of this place. I am sharing our beautiful island with them. I like to demonstrate in my art my family’s connections with the land – mother earth and sea, the animals, methods of survival and respecting the environmental conditions. There are many dreamtime stories that need to be shared and I like to capture some of these stories in my art.
In Aboriginal art alone, there are many different art forms depending on which part of the land you come from. Each part of Australia has many urban, rural and remote communities and the art reflects on which area the artist is from. Each part of the land also depicts different dreamtime stories. There is Urban art, Central Australian Art, Traditional Art, Contemporary Art etc. The cultures are displayed in these different art forms but we all connected as one.
THECUBE is an innovation space for entrepreneurs, we bring in artist to help change the space and expose our members to up and coming artists.