LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

REMNANTS AND RESIDENTS OF A LOST SANCTUARY OF APHRODITE

Artwork and sustainable agriculture are the two threads of my professional life. They mingle fruitfully beneath the surface while I sift through remaining evidence of ancient worlds, trying to sense how people of lost cultures met basic survival needs and how they responded to the very human hunger for beauty, meaning, and story.

In revisiting the remnants with empathy and wonder, scavenging for resonant clues and forks in the road that we didn't take, some subtle but significant things continually resurface. The importance of ritual is one.

I think humans still need ritual. We are happy, our societies are healthy, and our ecosystems are not overtaxed when we devote our attention and creativity to making simple and elaborate rituals around the daily tasks and special events. Life feels stable and good when we are creating much of its meaning and beauty with our imaginations and little else.

This body of work, the various explorations of things archaic and mythic, composes a visual narrative which itself implies ritual: The Remnants and Residents of a Lost Sanctuary of Aphrodite. 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 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