Grayson Perry in conversation with Charlotte Higgins, Stephen Feeke and Jill Cook
on Art in the Ice Age at The British Museum.
Since the opening of the exhibition, much has been written about what these artefacts reveal about the 'modern' mind and its instinct to make drawings, sculptures, images of many kinds. A member of the audience made an interesting point about another possible purpose of these objects: at the time they were made, man was living in an incredibly hostile environment and perhaps they also represented a way of gaining control over one’s environment. The idea of art as a way of holding on to the world seems like a very plausible one. At a time when man was intensely aware of being at the mercy of predators and natural forces, making images of his direct experiences would have been one way of meeting the world head on.