Sunday, April 17, 2011
Gallery 96 art piece
So I began to think about themes I wanted to explore and I had found that something that I am grappling with personally is my ability to make children or rather more importantly my inability to do so. I am still going for tests and stuff so it isn't ruled out, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I found that the image of Venus of Willendorf was a perfect fit for me. She was supposed to be a Goddess of Fertility, she was originally so small you could fit her in the palm of your hand. She was something that the nomads who worshipped her could take from place to place in their pocket or satchel. (In one PBS special I watched about her, she was also likened to early pornography, but that doesn't have anything to do with my art piece.. just an interesting fact) As Fertility was so difficult in those times people praised the ability to have large child bearing hips, breasts that were full of milk to feed the children, and a healthy vulva ( sorry to be vulgar, but that is what she is all about) The irony really isn't lost on me that she is - to us- an obese woman. My own obesity is one of the reasons I am having difficulty with my own fertility.
So I entitled the piece "A loose Prayer" and that is why.