LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary Of Aphrodite

I paint imaginary relics from distant cultures.

Humans have not changed dramatically since we first appeared, and I look for threads of continuity in our needs and concerns. Leaps of evolution also occur; humanity seems to be on a threshold now. It may be essential that we consciously connect with both our most fundamental roots and our unique liminality.

I offer resonant totems.

Though superficially the imagery often springs from documented remains, the motives underlying each painting are both current and timeless: our need for sustenance, beauty, and grace; and visions of women on their own terms.


"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

"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.