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What is the meaning of the "stick a finger in the earth"?

In a way, it harkens back to the beginnings of art itself, when some unknown artist must have stuck a finger in the earth to draw an image or maybe he picked up a stone and made a drawing on the wall of a cave.

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It sounds like this is saying that one of the earliest humans (the first artist ever) figured out they could make a picture by drawing in the ground with their finger- hence, they stuck their finger in the earth to do so. The material on the ground was most likely something soft like soil or sand or clay. See this for example.

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