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France, Stalagtites


I have been teaching and visiting painted caves in southwest France since 2001, exploring these "temple" caverns as archetype, geological marvel, and as Neolithic sites of retreat and renewal. I felt there was a relationship between these underground grottoes and France's shadowy, often elaborately decorated churches. I added found carved fragments to the paintings' edges that visually echoed the cave forms within the paintings. I wanted the juxtaposition to act as a bridge from ancient sacred geology to the ornate interiors of modern religious structures.