Cueva de las manos

It has been 2 months since the last Drawing Room session. Yesterday’s was led by tapestry artist, Fiona R Hutchison.

We looked at Louise Bourgeois’ 10AM is when you come to me piece, currently shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s exhibition of her work. The piece is a group of red/pink silhouettes of her and her assistant’s hands in various formations.

By pure chance, I had been looking at another painting of hands the day before, which in my opinion totally outshines Bourgeois’ arrangement. The striking painting I had been looking at on Wednesday is a 9000 year-old cave painting called Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands), found in the Patagonia region of Argentina. This piece, as well as Bourgeois’, was my inspiration.

For the session, we produced collages of our own hands, to be arranged in a group collection at the end. Sewing materials were available to us to use in our collage, but since I haven’t done any since school I opted to use glue instead. I had time to create just one piece:

140109 cueva-de-las-manos

2 failures of my collage: 1) the ugly bit of black after “CUEVA” was to cover an “S” that I had mistakenly drawn; 2) I had intended for the black “cave” border to go fully around the edges but I ran out of black paper, and settled for 2 black squares to provide balance.

This is the original Cueva de las Manos painting. It is hard to believe it dates from before 7000BC!


At the end of the session, we put all our collages together, in a grid such as Bourgeois had used:

140109 everyones

UPDATE: Fiona has now posted about the session in her blog. There are a couple of photos with me in them…



  1. M. R.

    This is bloody interesting, Tim! I’ve never before read about what people do in art classes (I’m no artist, believe me!), and find I am delighted to do so via your blog. I hope you’ll be keeping it up!

  2. M. R.

    Ah, the Grampians …! A truly beautiful part of Victoria … And it’s far from usual to find cave paintings anywhere but outback, really – mostly because they’e been ‘visited’ out of sight.

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