LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

REMNANTS AND RESIDENTS OF A LOST SANCTUARY OF APHRODITE

As well as a spending a lifetime as a professional artist, I have been a farmer for 30 years, and as an art student I minored in philosophy. Such diverse interests fuse into an elaborate body of artwork.

There is always inspiration in ancient texts, myths, and artifacts, as well as while working outside. I wonder about things like, in what ways have we never changed? Some subtle but significant things continually resurface. The importance of ritual is one. In a contemporary context, I would suggest that life feels stable and good, not overtaxed, when we have the time to give our daily tasks meaning and beauty through our attention and imagination -- by making little rituals around them.

Taken as a whole, my oeuvre itself composes a visual narrative that implies ritual. I think of it as The Remnants and Residents of a Lost Sanctuary of Aphrodite. The archetypal Aphrodite is more complex than what our own culture commonly focuses on. She embodies many relevant things, a few examples being the Earth itself, all forms of beauty, and the balance between self-possession and creative fusion.

I employ images of cranes and vessels to carry these ideas. Cranes elegantly embody intelligence and complex emotion in an essentials-only package, with decorative elements that can be pared back or enhanced, all to good effect. Vessels hold our survival basics, food and water. They are so common now that they can disappear from our awareness. But they can have a commanding presence. The central figures also allow for nuanced musings in the background.

Some of the imagery appears close to the earth and ancient artifacts, others soar freely from the imagination.. Each new work is approached by triangulating between color, line, and form. To combine all three well is as fascinating as Aphrodite.

A collector of several of my pieces has said more than i would presume to. “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



A collector of several of my pieces has said more than i would presume to. “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



The following is 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