Barbara Weir | My Mother’s Country. 2008
“I paint my mother’s country, the land where we live, find and prepare our food. I paint the same old stories I heard as a child, only my personal style is different”
Weir pushes the boundaries of Aboriginal art, experimenting with different styles of painting including using traditional ochres found in the Utopia region of Central Australia. Using these styles Weir conveys her dreaming stories of Bush Berry, Grass Seed, Bush Yam, Bush Plum and Bush Banana to name a few each expressing her strong connection with her culture.
Australian aboriginal dot art comes from some of the oldest practices of the culture. Dot art can tell a story, paint a geographical landscape, depict a family history and mob, be used for sacred practices, a tool to gain and spread knowledges, and more.
Aboriginal dot paintings have both an artistic and anthropological significance, and nowadays are an important form of expression as well as a substantial way to enact cultural continuance and aboriginal sovereignty and truths.