The act of creation
Tangible engagements in the making and ‘remaking’ of prehistoric rock art
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This chapter investigates some of the steps that might have taken place before and after carving or painting a dot on to a rock surface, as images come into being, from the observation of features emanating from the landscape to the tasks of experiencing and interpreting rock art sites, in which both logic and intuition play a fundamental role. Primary focus is on the post-glacial art in the north-west corner of Iberia, a region that is particularly interesting for studying the relationship between imagery making, natural environment and socio-cultural contexts because it is a region where two major rock art traditions come together and may have overlapped, in time, in the fouthth and third to the beginning of the second millennia BCE. Inspired by the poetics of Kandinsky’s work, an effort is made to reinforce the idea that thinking about different ‘modes of becoming’ may help to establish wider connections to other spheres, times and spaces of human life.

Images in the making

Art, process, archaeology


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