chronicle # 3: August 20, 2010
The Artist's Hand
From the painted rock art in Europe, to the aboriginal caves in Australia,
One late afternoon, as we walked in the Jacumba Mountains through an area we had traversed many times before, the setting sun and its long shadows suddenly revealed an artifact of significant importance. Carved a long time ago, upon a small boulder was a replica of the human hand.
This carved hand, twice life size, was only the beginning welcome to a valley of ancient sculptures. As if this hand was designating a sitting spot, we stopped to scan the distant rocks that created a protective wall around the valley. As the sun continued to set, its' light and shadow did indeed illuminate a far larger surprise.
Although much weathered from its western exposure to harsh rains for millennia, we saw the smoothed remains of a life size Guardian Rock. The Tolteca stone carvers were obsessed with depicting the Guardians looking skyward. When they carved a head or a human figure, their preference was a "looking upward" to represent astral flight. It was a defiant gesture,
The intended gesture of the artists' hand, as they play an instrument or carve an image, is in some way more significant than the resulting art piece itself. Through the movement of the hand, the artist creates the "Butterfly Effect" around the world and through time.