Introduction to Spirituality and Myth in Art

Robyn Jay, “Rock painting of Wandjina from Mount Elizabeth, Australia”, 2014

Humans use art to capture the form of ideas about worlds outside of our own. Art is often a vehicle for myth or how we understand and explain concepts of a spirit world. Cultures use iconography to symbolize abstract ideas like dreams, love, power, and emotion, and cultures call on the artist to create them. Art also plays a significant role in ritual and ceremony.

Graeme Churchard, “Aboriginal rock art on the Barnett River, Mount Elizabeth Station”, 2013