Thanks to the Muswellbrook City Council website and in relation to reconciliation which brings understanding of Aboriginal people to light in Australia their website really helps us describe the Dreaming below..
You can read more about the idea of the Dreaming on this link - The Dreaming
The very idea of the Dreaming sits inside the field of Contemporary Aboriginal Art as a style and a way to express these ideals. Here is one way you can look at Mirree’s style and aesthetics reflected on the background of her cultural heritage which is made up of the European side from her mother’s family and Aboriginal from her fathers side. Mirree is the palest one in her family with everyone else having varying degrees of tanned coloured skin.
Some people may say Contemporary style would be more prominent but when culture is involved it becomes Contemporary Aboriginal style.
Traditionally Aboriginal Art was handed down through the family, this still continues today in some parts of Australia. Increasingly however, Aboriginal art is being taught in new ways including through family cultural trips, connecting to country, at schools in varying degrees and universities, art centres and in more personal ways. Young Aboriginal artists are constantly striving to find new ways to express their culture with the little information that they have and many want to learn more but don’t know how.
The above except is from the Dreamtime Companion Book which will be soon made available on Mirree's website here: www.artbymirree.com.au
In 1999 Mirree won the Natural gas Dhuubuu Koori Arts and Culture Young Achiever of the year Award, attached is Mirree and her father, which both won Awards that year.
I began creating Art when I was only 16-17 years of age to leave a destructive life behind. And I never looked back since. It wasn’t until I was in the middle of my University Degree in 2000 that I began to focus on my culture as a foundation to my work, because this was about the time I decided to take Art very seriously.
I knew this was the best way for me to express myself and what I wanted to get out what I felt was trapped inside of me.
You can read this article which helps to explain more about this in the Dubbo Photo News which is from Mirree's hometown:
Art especially is such an effective form of story-telling as it enables the viewer to understand the artwork, like opening the window up to whats inside that artwork from the Artist’s point of view and more so if there is a story.
It helps others to pinpoint the Artist’s journey in relation the location and experiences of the Dreaming.
In the The Dreamtime Oracle Deck “Black Swan” Dreaming message helps us to understand the importance of expressing ourselves through the different forms of art and creativity -
Although Acrylic on Canvas is a method I use a-lot of the time due to time-constraints and popularity of my Art, another one of My favourite methods for creating the Artwork are with using raw materials from country, these may include natural beeswax from a nearby bee keeper, charcoal which has been used from campfires with family, natural ochres from country and red dirt from areas that I am spiritually connected to such as Dubbo in the central west of NSW which is my hometown or Bourke which is the country my father was born.
Made from natural materials from the land above: "Dingo Spirit"