August is Museum Month: A look inside the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane and contemporary aboriginal works

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is showcasing nine contemporary women artists from aboriginal Australia.

It's part of their Marking the Infinite exhibition.

"There's a lot of points of access to these works. You can look at them just because they're gorgeous and you like the patterns and the colors and they may remain abstract to you and you may still enjoy the exhibition a lot, but when you read the labels, you get a lot of added meaning to the works," says museum director Monica Ramirez-Montagut.

The entry piece to the museum mimics the artist's life as a weaver. -a craftswoman who made fishing nets. You'll notice the detailing in the acrylic and how the brush strokes seem to illuminate that technique.

Then there are the burial poles.

“These trunks used to be empty and then they put the bones of the person who had passed, they were decorated in a way to show who the person was,” says Ramirez-Montagut.

Ramirez-Montagut says these women are prominent artists in their community and they're also matriarchs.

She says Marking the Infinite explores the most fundamental questions of existence.

“What we see here is these lines are supposed to be lightening and they are actually hitting this black mass here which is supposed to be a rock near the sea,” says Ramirez-Montagut in reference to one piece on display.

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