A Quirky Look at a Cave Painting
Should we avoid art when creating our own? Art is after all part of our life as we know it. It always has been. Even the bleakest cultures in history secretly record history through artistic expression. From childhood memories we grow to love, or loathe art. A quick glance at mum’s choices hanging on the wall of our home or our ominous father’s quirks placed in the corner by grace. Art is a journey we can’t avoid. Art is life.
That first cognitive pulse scraped into a wall. A thought carved in a cave. Art was the definition of self-awareness back in the early days of humanity. I’m not sure if it was fashionable to carve a thought onto a wall; or some lonely isolated ape felt the compulsion to let someone know that they were here. I often wonder if the Chiseler Chimp knew about the unraveling of time. I wonder if they knew that in somewhere in the future someone like me would be thinking about that very first line carved into a cave wall.
The evolution of this single artistic expression; a simple line etched in stone created some of the most jaw dropping works of art in human history. It could be argued that the pyramids evolved from this one line. After all conceptual thought begs for more conceptual thought which eventually turns into more and more complex thinking. Layer upon layer of thought generated from one etched line, two lines, three lines, four lines, and the fifth line might be a curve because some punk ape wasn’t happy with straight lines. Eventually the Da Vinci of the village created cave paintings of the world around them, and those paintings stood the test of time. Inspired other cave artists who in turn inspired other artists. Even today paleontologists are in awe of such works of art because those depictions of life are the origins of life as we know it.
Art formed the basis of language. A pictorial language to pass on through the generations: eat this, and don’t eat that; moon, sun, light, stars, trees, and spaceship. It’s all there (well most of it) for the boffins to awe, ponder, and piece together.
Today, yesterday, and tomorrow; life will continue, and so will art. It will fuel the imaginations of a generation of kids as they stop and stare into the worlds contained in artistic expression. Our imagination is their inheritance. We should at least try and muck them up a bit so they think differently from us because that’s evolution in action. Art is life, and it surrounds us with its creation, its horror, and its beauty.
Writing is such a fine form of art so get chiselling chimps. Maybe you’ll inspire the next generation with your thoughts, and creations.