What insights has your study of Australian Literature and Art given you into the importance of creativity as part of human experience?
Throughout my studies in Australian literature, the use of both Australian Literature and art, has broadened my insight into Australian history & culture. As we started with Kim Scott’s “ That Deadman Dance”, we have looked at the perspectives of Australian Landscape through two different individuals, both Indigenous & British. As it was in the early stages of the colonisation period, the paintings in which we viewed during our visit to the art gallery, have given us the importance of creativity of the human experience, including the industrialisation influences of the country’s mother land, England.
As we progress throughout the semester, we have studied various Australian artists. From Charles Harper (Mid 19th Century) to Les Murray (Early 20th century). As the poems itself show a change in the Australian culture, the differences in the poems where one embraces the natural sounds of the Bellbirds and the other talks about money. The poems differ within the human experience itself as they represent the notions of an embracing lifestyle to a greedy lifestyle, full of fortune and corruption (mentioned in my blog post “Evil Currency
When it came to producing an actual poem for a blog post however, kept thinking and thinking about the themes that could i could write about. When I looked over “the Orange Tree”, I was able to identify the perspectives shown between the two different people. This however, allowed me to use the idea of perspectives to write an interpretation of a tree to be symbolic for hope in the poem “Tree of Life“
Overall, the experience and insights of my study of Australian Literature and Art has given me the insight into the changes within Australia culture. As history of Australia changed throughout the stages of early colonisation & late industrialisation, the experiences of different individuals drastically changes as their way of life is needed to adapt to the environment around them. Whether it is a change in the way they see the world or the way they experience the world, the creativity within these texts that i have spoken about in my blog shows how the human experience can change.