June 23, 2017 - No Comments!

Handprints are the universal symbol for humanity

Ten negative handprints in Fish Canyon, Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

If there is a single symbol that could stand for all of humanity it is the negative handprint. I've seen the negative handprint reproduced on 6 continents and across all ages of human creativity. From the Paleolithic to modern times the images persists in our visual vocabulary. They may well be the very first artistic expression. To me, they are the original 'selfie' the very first way that people recorded their passage. That urge to leave a visual mark that says "I was here" is uniquely human.

One thing that I particularly enjoy about the hand prints is their personal nature. Each person's print is different. That leaves me feeling connected to the individual who made the print in an intimate way.

For a limited time, join the Ancient Art Archive at the $100 or above level and receive a signed copy of this handprint image from Fish Canyon, Utah.

-Stephen Alvarez

Published by: Stephen Alvarez in San Juan County, Uncategorized, Utah

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