At 90 Years Old, She Reinvented Herself as a Celebrated Successful Artist
By: Leticia Latrice
Loongkoonan is an Australian artist who was said to be born around 1910. Today at 106 years old Loongkoonan is still creating art that represents her aboriginal culture. During her era aboriginal art was used to record history, stories and the cultural traditions. Aboriginal art uses dots with vibrant acrylic paint on ceramic and linens. She has created over 380 pieces of art in a short span of time; she only began to create this beautiful artwork at the age of 90.
Loongkoonan’s memories of her long life spent in her native country and culture inspire all of her paintings. They tell the story of her life as an aboriginal.
Loongkoonan’s paintings are a reflection of her life and experiences which is similar to the art of storytelling. Storytelling is an ancient art that has preserved history for centuries. Before there was paper which created history books, encyclopedias, now Wikipedia or the history channel, many cultures used the art of storytelling to record historical events, traditions and teach life skills.
This wisdom and knowledge was passed down from generation to generation. Without oral art many ancient civilizations would have not learned how to get shelter, food, or learn cultural traditions. Think of an old tradition that has been passed down in your culture or family, it nine times out of ten has a memorable story behind it.
The living art of storytelling is a gift that needs to be preserved. Sharing memories and significant family history is what will keep your legacy alive for generations to come. Today society is so distracted by media and the stress of life they lose sight of these traditions and memories so they disappear.
Loogkoonan has shared her experiences and shown how you can preserve your cultures history. She has proven that it is never too late to leave your impact on the world. You are never too old to learn and give your gift. Discover what your path and your destiny will be and how you can contribute to society in a creative way.