Art: Oneness in the Dead Heart

Few modern artists express mystical insights in vividly concrete terms because so few even try. Last week word reached U.S. of an Australian sculptor who is trying—hard. William Ricketts' baked-clay figures may be far from great but they are good, and the sculptor's spirit makes them news.

A TIME reporter found Ricketts camped in a dry creek bed near the reservation of the aboriginal Arunta tribe, in central Australia's arid Dead Heart. Set up like votive images along the creek bed were mysterious figures modeled with devoted exactitude. Among them: a sitting aboriginal...

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