This work focuses on the female form as an image of strength and divinity. While women have been the subject of art throughout time, it is the earliest interpretations of her as a symbol for spiritual and physical power that I find most inspiring. By simplifying to abstraction the prehistoric Venus of Hohle Fels, I am intrigued with the layers of connections I find including the Feng Shui water trigram hidden within.
The deconstructed form creates a basic and fundamental silhouette to which the heavy layers of paint add weight and depth. I build up and remove layers of paint in a process that is both meditative and ritualistic in order to excavate the goddess within. The scale of the canvas is meant to increase its presence and give a sense of reverence to the subject.
The power and mystique associated with the female form is ancient and current; abstracted in history and debated in modern society. The way we have perceived the form offers insight into culture, society, religion and spirituality. My process begins with lighting a candle, burning incense and striking a singing bowl.