REMNANTS AND RESIDENTS OF A LOST SANCTUARY OF APHRODITE
The diverse experiences of 40 years as a professional artist with a penchant for the details of lost cultures have been grounded by a concurrent 30 years farming, also full time, and produced an extensive oeuvre I call The Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary of Aphrodite.
While its visual vocabulary owes much to ancient artifacts, the motives underlying each painting are both current and timeless: our need for sustenance, beauty, and grace; and visions of women on their own terms.
The multiple layers of subject, decorative elements, and setting form an intangible archeological dig where some things are clear and some may or may not remain undeciphered.
A bit of historical context for these fresh echoes of perennial motifs: A full sanctuary dedicated to a deity included the architectural elements and lush and lively groves surrounding a temple; an outdoor altar for offerings of valuables and edibles; the temple itself, where a representation of the deity resided; a “backstage” room for practical tasks; and a treasury room where the most precious offerings were kept safe.
"All of us, women and men, are just beginning to grasp the significance of both iconography and myth, beginning to understand that they represent a history of a large part of the life force of this planet."
- Winifred Milius Lubell 1914-2012
A collector of several of my pieces has said, “Laurie’s work demands attention. It hypnotizes - people get lost in the symbols and tales. Each piece is a meditation. . . [It} has a power and other-worldliness that is impossible to capture in words. . . – it’s truly life-changing.” - P. Croop, Middle Grove, NY