Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Prehistoric Art


The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge is Prehistoric Art.

First, some of the sources of inspiration for the work our team created…

The famous Lascaux cave paintings

Another image from the Lascaux caves

Sumerian cuneiform tablet; an early form of writing.

Our team’s interpretations

Jenny Davies-Reazor: I have long been a fan- and inspired by- the goddesses and carvings of the Prehistoric era. So I wanted to do something a bit different and challenge myself. Inspired by the cave paintings- this piece is needle felted on camel wool. ( upcycled sweater). There is a bit of embroidery accent and a stoneware triple spiral/ bead embroidered.

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Karen Totten: A digital drawing inspired by ancient clay tablets.

Karen Totten: A digital drawing inspired by ancient clay tablets.

Laney Mead: Not quite a cave painting but inspired by the colours and the idea that symbols were used to depict events by ancient civilisations. The Hamsa is an ancient symbol used to protect the wearer and is the tattoo I have. The serpent was an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph used to protray royalty, deities and divine beings, the hands are found all round the world in many caves and are thought to represent healing. I got a bit carried away with the symbology rather than a set era but I was completely inspired by the colours of the cave paintings and the natural elements that the hues came from. I used this challenge to doodle in my art journal, something I still experimenting with but enjoying just ‘doing’ for the sake of ‘doing’, hence the rather eclectic ideal of this piece.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: This is my version. I attempted to add more depth & texture with the rusty markings in the mid section. The base is heavy decorator fabric. My next blog post will explain the techniques used in this piece.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Close up of texture. Attempting to create ancient cave walls.



Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
    • Wendy DiMicco
    • July 16, 2017

    I so enjoyed reading this — the creativity, variety of media, and the ipersonal expressions. Definitely a treat — thank you!

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