Today my third visit to the Font de Gaume cave. I did not expect much because I have been there, I have seen it. Only wanted to go back to feel the energy of that place again and to reconnect with it to help me staying focussed on the caves and the prehistoric arts when I am painting. I was wishing to be there just in silence in the dark to feel.
But again it was an intense experience, I did discover new things, was emerged into it. Time passed by extremely quick. Every painting or engraving is a universe in itself taking me along, absorbing me. Again I am very much moved by the delicateness of the lines and the superpositions.
Seeing is a learning process
And what you know and are familiar with you see more easy.
The more I did study the prehistoric caves and have seen the art, the more I recognise.
It stays difficult to really look at what is there and not too easily project what you expect, or seeing things which are not there but are carried in the back of your mind. The darkness of the caves makes projection very easy.
The individual paintings and engravings are impressing but also the whole and the interconnection between them.
There the most dominant image are the painted bisons, rows of them, but not all going in the same direction, they adapt themselves to the shape of the rocks. 4 rows on one wall, going up very high. It is like a herd but they behave not like animals in a herd. And then superimposed on the bisons but less visible, engraved mammoths and abstract forms. Sometimes the mammoth and bison are merged together in a form which could be either one of them, like a composite mythological creature. Their clearly drawn eyes look at you like we did look at them.
And the reindeer with the antlers so soft and precisely painted.
And the mystery of conceive forms which become volumes of the bodies in the light of a torch.
The feeling of the cave is very nice, welcoming, soft, friendly. You do feel a lot of beings there. I mean so many people feel being watched and not being alone in those caves.. They are still inhabited in a way. Often people have an urge to bring a lot of light and talk all the time otherwise they can not bear the feeling of being there. Mostly this is done unconscious so. But anyway whatever spirits might in habit that place they felt very soft, and friendly to me. A very nice place to be, like being with good friends where you can feel at home.
There is seeing and feeling and there is hearing. I did hear a little bit about a kind of archeological research which fascinates me and that is working with exploring the acoustic qualities of places to explore their meaning and use. It is not yet a common practice but I do feel strongly attracted to that.
Back home I could finely finish a painting where I have been working on for a couple of days.