Cave painting dates back 42,000 years. Simple imagery made with charcoal, feces, and urine is humanity's earliest form of image art.
The first writings occurred in Samaria around 5000 years ago, long after the creation of the image and auditory arts. As far as anyone can tell, the first humans developed around 1.8 million years ago. Think about that, there were 1,795,000 years of thought and wondering before we humans started writing it down.
For millions of years, mankind looked to the night sky and were inspired by the moon and the stars. Yet never ventured to capture their feelings and thoughts with art. Art is a new thing in human existence, we've only been painting the moon and stars for .023% of our existence.
How privileged we are, as artists, to live in a time when our art can so easily be seen, our songs propagated, and our writing read. Instead of smearing blood on a cave wall, wondering if someone else will come along and make sense of it, we can share pictures online and spread the link across oceans. Instead of drumming with a select few, night-after-night, with our drum echoes lost in the sky, we can capture them on a phone and say "Hey! Check out this beat I've been working on!". Rather than etching pictographs into stone, to tell a story, we simply rattle our fingers across a keyboard.
How privileged we are, as artists, but are we brave? It is one thing to create something you think is beautiful and hold it close to your heart, it is another to offer it up for everyone to see. Will there be ridicule? Will they laugh? Will they hate me? Will anyone understand!? These are the kinds of questions which flash through an artist's mind every time they share their work. When they share it with a publication such as ours, even more questions are added: Will my work be judged fairly? Do they only publish artists they know? Did they notice the little detail I put there? Will they ignore my work because I'm 16, or my name is weird? What are they even looking at!?
We at Heart & Mind Zine attempt to lessen these questions by showing you exactly who is judging your work and how we are judging it, but none-the-less, stepping out and sharing one's creation is nerve wracking! I can say for sure, that each and every artist who sends us their art to review is brave. Whether or not your work has been published, I cannot thank you enough for taking advantage of this great information age we live in and sharing your efforts with us!