Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary Of Aphrodite

I paint imaginary relics from ancient cultures.

The diverse experiences of 40 years as a professional artist have combined with a concurrent 30 years farming, also full time, and produced an oeuvre that is firmly rooted in the earth while soaring freely through imaginal realms.

The beauty, materials, and purposes of ancient artifacts from all over the world fascinate me. Humans have not changed much since we first appeared, and I look for the threads of continuity in our needs and concerns.

This search has assembled itself into a body of artwork I call The Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary Of Aphrodite. The visual vocabulary of the work owes much to ancient artifacts, but the motives underlying each painting are both current and timeless: our need for sustenance, beauty, and grace; visions of women on their own terms.

There is a vision or implication of ritual or rite of passage in each image. The multiple layers of subject, decorative elements, and setting also form an intangible archeological dig where some things seem clear and others remain undeciphered.

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