LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary Of Aphrodite

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. Immersed in the mythic, the mystic, and the cycles of Nature, I make deeply rooted totemic imagery for our current liminal time, all of it conceived as part of a lost sanctuary.

Concurrent to my professional art practice, from 1988-2017 I was an organic farmer largely occupied with goats and with effecting alchemical transformations of milk and plants. The daily work of nurturing, midwifing, and alternately managing and respecting the wild spirit using ancient 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 things may be inaccurate, but that raw 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