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Martu Paint Country. The archaeology of colour and aesthetics in Western Desert rock art and contemporary acrylic art

Higgs, Samantha Lee


This thesis documents an archaeological study of the use of colour in the Australian Western Desert, which set out to test the thesis that there is a discernible, uniquely Martu aesthetic in relation to colour. It did this by looking at colour preferences in two Martu art types; the rock art which was created prior to European contact and the acrylic art which has come about by a degree of fusion with Australian European culture. Acrylic colour has been...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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