LAURIE GOODHART     ARTIST

REMNANTS AND RESIDENTS OF A LOST SANCTUARY OF APHRODITE

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

Titled “The Remnants And Residents Of A Lost Sanctuary of Aphrodite”, its visual vocabulary owes much to ancient artifacts, but 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.

One thing realized through my varied experience is the significance and transformative power of ritual. Even on a mundane level, boring daily tasks can be made meaningful and fun, and chaos can become secure order where inhabitants thrive -- with the addition of focused attention, repetition, and a bit of story.

It’s in the context of this awareness that the Lost Sanctuary imagery is set. There is a vision or implication of ritual or rite of passage in each. 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