originally posted by: peter vlar
originally posted by: Anaana
I think it far more exciting, that artistic expression emerged at roughly the same time, thousands of miles apart.
I suppose that line of reasoning boils down to what exactly one considers the threshold of artistic expression to be.
I take a very practical view. Art is seldom for art's sake, it develops from technical expertise and application. Take stone adze, for example, we
seldom find those that were utilised by their makers, not in pristeen condition anyway, but we find jadeite examples, as part of the burial record and
in ceremonial/ritual functions, because they were never used. The jadeite was selected, on an aesthetic basis, not for it's performance, they were
made to be beautiful, that is their power and because they were treasured only as objects, they were preserved, never taken out the display case (so
to speak). Similarly with the domestic arts, textiles, basketwork, leather/hides etc. We have always made what is practically but when time allowed,
we made something for Sunday-best too.
The emergence of major cave painting, possibly driven by the desire to record events and transfer information with some eye towards permanence
also led to the need to express more ephemeral information, attempting to capture moments in time, including individual and collective/group identity.
I think it highly probable that we had been leaving our marks in other ways, in terms of visual expression, for much longer, but technically perhaps,
that 40Kish mark was when that particular skill-base developed into a technical expertise, both in terms of the artist executing the work, but also in
the audience's appreciation/understanding, and valuing
, what was being communicated, it is the latter that allows the artist, or any
specialist, to focus and devote time to their "art" because, if the group do not otherwise support the artist, the time that is lost to artistic
expression is contrary to survival.
edit on 22-2-2016 by Anaana because: italics had run amok