Caves, Body Art, And The Missing Hand


This week was quite interesting to say the least.  To start going back to prehistory and going even deeper past the Paleolithic era and we came across cave art in hunting and gathering.  These huge yet highly detailed paintings were painted in karst caves.  At the early age of 17 in the year 1940 Marcel Ravidat and his friends discovered the Lascaux cave.  Being such a huge cave I was astounded at the fact that this young kid found such a great place.  From the picture I could see that the cave had several pathways and was a great place for cave paintings.  In our google hang out this week we touched on the fat that those cave paintings have held the test of time and still look amazing.  We would like to learn more about what materials they would have used to make such bright colors.  I thought it was very interesting why there were no paintings of the animals that the people ate, but only animals like bulls.  This cave only being used for special occasions was cool to learn about, it would be like the modern day fine china in the fancy dinning room.  The shaft part of the cave was the most interesting to me, the pocket of carbon dioxide just goes to show how the earth can change at any time.  The fact that the ancient people may have gone down in the shaft to do drumming and chanting.  The painting in the shaft is such an odd place to put a human painting since there wasn’t any human paintings in the rest of the cave.  My mind was blown when the professor talked about how other paintings like this “broken man” showed up in South Africa, and even was in a modern movie depicting a man dying and re-erecting to a shaman.  This weeks art history has enticed my interest in caves and ancient paintings and all the rich facts and history they hold.

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Carbon Dioxide at the bottom of the shaft.




"Broken Man"

“Broken Man”


This weeks artist of the week was a totally different type of artist from the performance artist Kaprow.  Ana Mendieta born in Cuba was a body artist, land artist, and environmental artist.   Known as a femoral artist Mendieta’s art work didn’t last every long like other art pieces in museums.  Her art only lasted for how ever long she wanted to stand there and pose for it.  Although with the use of cameras there were also pictures that were taken of her during her art performances.   Also in our hangout we talked about how her type of art made us stop and think about what Ana might want her audience to be thinking when experiencing her art.It was fascinating to see just how well she placed her body in her pieces.  The tree picture doesn’t even look like she is standing by a tree.  They way she never disrupted nature, she just blended in was amazing to see, and I am glad that pictures were taken so that others could value her art as much as I now do.

Google Hangout

Google Hangout


I had been excited for this weeks activity, and was ready to see what my cast would look like.  I had watched the video and was aware of the instructions, but I forgot probably the most important step… remember where you dug the hole.  After the 30 minutes were done the Professor and I were laughing at the fact that I pretty much “lost” my hand in the sand.  But minutes later and about another foot to the left from where I was digging was my plaster cast.  Weighing in at what seemed to be 15 pounds my plaster cast looked awesome!  With the added plaster on the bottom for a nice showroom touch my cast was perfect!  It was a un experience and it was great to hang out with Professor Zucman!



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One thought on “Caves, Body Art, And The Missing Hand

  1. Nice work on everything this week Amanda. Or AMANDa! And yes, nice to meet you!

    So you actually managed to cut your hand off the base??? I was sure you’d break it!

    Oh, and FYI it’s “ephemeral”

    Did you change the theme on your website? The new one is more dynamic & exciting!

    Have a great week!

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