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" Religious images and designs, when applied to any surface whether the body of a participant in ritual or the surface of a shield or carrying bag, have the power to transform the nature of the thing from a mundane state to an extraordinary one, from the profane to the sacred.

In ceremony, peoples' bodies and objects are taken from a dull state to one of brilliance by the application of paint and design.

The concept of brightness often carries through into art intended for the public domain: not only does it evoke a radiant presence of supernatural power but it also provides a means by which artists explore concepts beyond the tangible qualities of life. "

- from "Aboriginal Art" by Wally Caruana [Thames & Hudson]

Painting & Photography: Ian Bell.    Model: Janette C.
The colours in this image have been slightly enhanced.

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