Ancient Goddess sculptures have always fascinated me. Their representative nature is so deeply understood by those who honored Her long ago. Hand-sculpted with large, pregnant-looking bellies, round breasts and cavernous hips, which translate to mean fertility. There really only could be one meaning for these ancient statuettes, it seems. And that is a representation of the fruitful and life-giving Mother.
After studying these figurines for years, I decided it was time to paint them. I really wanted to portray them in connection to their innate representation. That of being connected with the fertility of the feminine and of the earth. Each Goddess is featured with vines wrapped around Her, flowers and trees. The series consists of three watercolor paintings which are:
Venus of Willendorf- This ancient Goddess statuette is some 30,000 years old and was found at a Paleolithic site near Willendorf, Austria. She is carved from limestone and then tinted with red ochre. She wears what seems to be some kind of headdress upon her head. In this painting, she is surrounded by bright yellow and purple flowers and has vines wrapped around her sacred body.
Sleeping Priestess of Malta- This painting was inspired by the ancient Maltese figurine, the Dreamer of Malta. This statuette dates back to 3000 B.C.E. and was found in the Hypogeum on the island of Malta. The Hypogeum is a catacomb-like, underground chamber that is thought to have been used for dream incubation. In this painting, the priestess is sleeping soundly while the vines from moon-flowers wrap around her body. She is dreaming of the moon and stars overhead.
Venus of Lespugue- This beautifully carved, ancient Goddess statuette is some 24,000 years old and was found in Lespugue, France. It is carved from tusk ivory and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful, carved pieces I have ever seen. If you have a chance, look up the actual statue and you will see what I’m talking about. The breasts and hips in this statuette are the most exaggerated out of the Venus figurines. In the painting I created in her honor, She is portrayed as a tree. She grows up from the ground as her limbs stretch up to meet the sky. Flowers and vines wrap around her to reclaim her fertile body.
All of these paintings can be found in my shop as prints and prayer cards. Have any of you ever honored these ancient Goddess figurines?