LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary Of Aphrodite

I’m hoping to conjure a little sweetness, and root it in the mythic, the mystic, & the cycles of Nature.

Humans have not changed dramatically since we first appeared, and I look for threads of continuity in our needs and concerns. The motives underlying each painting are both current and timeless: our need for sustenance, beauty, and grace.

Concurrent to my professional art practice, I was an organic farmer from 1988-2017, largely occupied with goats and with effecting alchemical transformations of milk and plants. The daily work of nurturing, midwifing, and respectfully working with the omnipresent wild spirit using innate human skills such as hyper-awareness and herbal medicine, deepened my ability to comprehend the published remnants and stories of various ancient peoples -- to look at images of vessels, tools, “peasant” architecture, and sense into their uses and their originally-assigned values.

Some or all of my perceptions of those ancient things may be inaccurate, but decades of raw, ever-precarious farm experience allows me to make imagery that is true to a life close to the cycles and perils of Nature.



"Without remembering, how will our past speak to our future? How will we even remember if we have left something important behind, and if so, where to go to find it?" - Julia Alvarez



Some 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