Throughout my studies into Australian Literature over this semester, I have developed a love for Australian writing. This love has evolved through the flexibility of expression I found in blogging about my experience. As an artist, I believe that creative expression is deeply fundamental to the human experience, and through my studies of Australian literature and its deep-rooted relationship with art, I have been able to nurture a self-directed exploration and appreciation of this concept.
Creating critical blog posts allowed me to develop a new perspective towards the texts, understanding their value in forging a national identity. I found I was often inspired to research and critique writers who’s manipulation of language could conjure a vivid experience of imagery, such as Judith Wright and Henry Lawson (the latter of whom you may find a critical blog post here.) I believe as human beings we thrive for creative expression, we use this to control or understand our experiences and the world around us. I was drawn to writers and artists who could capture a moment and place me in the scene, to understand and appreciate the human experience. To understand how the language and landscape of a nation developed.
Through my creative blog posts, I considered the value of Australian Storytelling and how this creative expression reflects the human experience. Drawing from Australian idioms, colloquial language and the landscape, I explored narratives deeply rooted within the culture and context of our Australian history. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging my own experiences with inspiration from my studies of Australian Literature and Art and writing creative blog posts (such as this) felt liberating. Critiquing my peers’ blog posts (like this) also allowed me to be open to a range of opinion and encouraged me to consider improving some inadequacies present in my own writing.
As a returning student, it had been years since I had created a structured piece of writing. I knew I was out of practice, and for the first few weeks, the thought of creating a body of work felt daunting. The freedom of creative and critical expression enabled me to explore my understanding of language, technique, and value through a truly personal process. I believe storytelling is a fundamental vessel for human creativity and through the writers and artists we have studied this semester, I have been able to understand the value of the Australian narrative.