An image of nature.
There is some dispute about what the so-called Sorcerer (see image) in the cave art at Trois-Frères in southern France depicts. Dated from 13,000 BCE the Sorcerer stands at the pinnacle of a vast circus of painted animal life. I interpret the Sorcerer as a spirit representing nature, reflected in the multiple shape-shifting array of animals that makes up its displayed form.
Nature is never still, always in motion, always changing and shifting. Science considers at one time humanity were monkeys, whilst medical conditions like Cleft Lip betrays our fish origins. If we rise above the present challenges, the image reflected back at us in the mirror in a million years is likely an image we won’t recognise, something different, changed to adapt to the constantly changing challenges of the environment. If some of us make it to Mars, the differences between humans on Earth and those on Mars within a few generations will likely produce a new type of human, as the human form evolves to survive its new environment.
The Sorcerer captures for me nature in its essence, a beautiful, elusive and many-faced animal, one that demands respect, and exists far beyond the mere limits of our planet, to encompass all that exists in this vast universe.
I have long dispensed with the limited thinking of worlds, planets and the universe, I think now in terms of nature, this vast unlimited creature with no boundaries, but an observable, demonstrable and experiential nature, something we are part of, and encompasses everything. If there was a more beautiful way of expressing nature, our ancestors at Trois-Frères captured it in the form of the Sorcerer.