This week’s MotD theme: Dotty for Dots
Aboriginal artist Tanya Bird Mptyane created this masterpiece, entitled Awelyn (women’s ceremony) in a bit more contemporary style of traditional aboriginal dot paintings. I love her use of black and white and how the patterns appear to be drawn out with lines. In reality, however, the ENTIRE PIECE IS MADE WITH DOTS! And what we see as varying shades of gray are really varying densities of white dots: fewer dots, darker grays…more dots, lighter gray.
In viewing a detailed image of this piece we see the varying sizes of dots as well as her different representations of white and black dots.
A bit of history:
What seems like an ancient art form, actually began in the early 1970s called the Papunya Tula Art Movement. In Papunya, near Alice Springs, Geoffrey Bardon, an art teacher for Aboriginal children, noticed that Aboriginal men would draw symbols in the sand while telling their stories. He encouraged them to paint their stories on canvas.
The Aboriginal artists soon became concerned that the sacred-secret objects they painted were being seen not only by Westerners, but Aboriginal people from different regions that were not privy to their tribal stories.
They did not want them to understand or learn the sacred, restricted parts of their stories so the artists decided to eliminate the sacred elements and abstracted the designs into dots to conceal their sacred meanings.
View more of Tanya’s exquisite paintings on her MBantua Fine Art Gallery page.
Inspiration for Today
When it all comes down to it, Tanya’s painting uses only two colors: black and white. Used together it produces varying shades of gray. In “A Course in Miracles” we’re taught that our whole existence, our state of being-ness, comes down to two things: Love and that which blocks us from Love. And where love is blocked, fear sets in.
The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.
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