UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Journal: 
Australian Art Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Judith Dinham
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
17
Issue No.: 
2
Page numbers of article: 
6-11
Year of publication: 
1994
Country of publication: 
Australia
Country of Research Data: 
Australia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
For two hundred years, the expression of non Aboriginal Australian identity has been bound up in the constructions of landscape. Representations of the experience of the land are mediated by visual codes and conventions that reflect shared perceptual attitudes associated with particular times, needs and circumstances. Therefore, the landscape seems to be an accurate image of what we imagine our own selves to be. This paper explores the nature of the concepts of 'land', 'landscape' and 'identity' and their relationship to one another in the Australian post colonial context. It addresses the way culture constructs meaning through its mythologies and how individual experience is circumscribed by cultural values, expectations and the collective experience. It is suggested that this process has implications for art education, which need to be considered.
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