A few weeks ago I registered for this MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) called Sexing the Canvas, about gender representation and sexuality in art. And because it was taught by the unversity of Melbourne it made me discover australian painters like Hilda Rix Nicholas and this last week the aboriginal paintings from Emily Kam Kngwarray and the Martumili artists. Plus it gives the cultural context, even if some notions are still complicated for me, like what the aborigines call the “dreaming”(tjukurpa). It is far too complex to totally grasp.
Here is a link to Emily’s most famous work, Big Yam’s Dreaming, that was painted in 2 days on a 3 by 9 meters canvas.