Figure 1. Hand Ax. Egypt, Lower Paleolithic Period (300,000- 100,000 BCE). Flint. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Found in Egypt during the Lower Paleolithic Period (300,000- 100,000 BCE), the Hand Ax is a remarkable object. Being the oldest item in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it shows the historical background of what is considered art. This object was used in ancient Egypt as a tool, weapon, or other useful object. Although not seen as an art form in the traditional sense this and other objects of its kind provide a backdrop for western art. It shows a historical basis for further tools and objects of later creation. The shape and texture have not only a functional purpose, but also a historical meaning. The grove edges could have been used to cut or crush other objects. Additionally, the grove edges could have been created to allow the hand to fit around the ax comfortably making the ax more functional. Now, a fully functional object is considered a form of artistic expression. It set an artistic background for ceramics, pottery, and other crafts to come about. The Hand Ax proved art can be both beautiful and functional.
The primitive men were creators, investors, and artists. As there is no historical writings from the time period, there is only speculation about the Hand Ax. It is fascinating because it shows the first steps in technological advances. It shows the homo sapiens curiosity with the world around them and their need to create objects for survival. They created this object and others like it not only to use but also to last. Hundreds of thousands of years later the Hand Ax is still in existence. It was not built for temporary use; it was built as a tool of survival. This work of art provides somewhat of a beginning for the definition of art, and allows us insight into the mind of those who came before us. This ax was a catalyst for minds to continue to grow and invent new objects that show the history of man. Human curiosity in art was shown as early as 300,000,000 BCE, and is continually shown throughout the remainder of art history. Technology continued to grow and evolve as the human race grew and evolved. Humans looked at the past for inspiration for the future and the ax shows that connection. It is a work of art, a tool, and a reminder of the capacity of the human mind.
Set of Emojis
Final Illustrator Emojis 😉
For my section of the classes emojis I got assigned to create a set of sexual stages of relationships in emojis. I decided to make the emojis a commentary on commonalities in stages of relationships in the twenty first century specifically with the college age group. For example, the emoji with the rainbow hearts is to show the fully accepting nature of my generation and age group. Doesn’t matter who you are or who you like you are excepted with love. The I love you signs are to show the common theme of hanging cards and pictures of your significant other or loved ones on your wall usually on a clothes line and pinned up to a wall. The emoji with the man and the woman taking the money out of his pocket is to show the common theme of young girls having a sugar daddy to provide for them. The others are self explanatory actions and my version of satire towards my generation and their ideas of casual relationships that they don’t even call relationships at all. I chose to draw them by hand all fitting within two by two inch squares with markers and watercolor pencils.