‘Where Sky Meets Earth’ is the place we live and dream in Aboriginal culture, and it is the name of the vibrant new Aboriginal art exhibition from Shane Smithers at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah this Winter.
The artist who hails from Darug Country (Western Sydney) says his inspiration is drawn specifically from the duality and ephemerality of ‘being between’ and the “connection between sky and earth that generates all life”.
“This exhibition casts a light on the many expressions of the majesty of that connection” Shane says.
“The connection between sky and earth gives context to stories of greatness, good and bad, sky heroes and ‘black devils’ carved in stone and painted in caves.”
Smithers’ contemporary take on the traditional techniques and styles of the NSW Darug people beautifully evokes these ubiquitous Aboriginal concepts.
Uniquely, they are works derived from a local style rather than the dot-art or cross-hatching of central Australia or the top end. These are images and carvings that use the patterns and symbols of NSW.
It is Aboriginal art, modern and powerful.