2014,Venus coelestis, Egg tempera fresco on plaster, 500 x 500 mm.
Venus coelestis references fundamental elements of existence and rhythms’ and the numinous beauty of the Earth that were familiar to our ‘primitive’ ancestors but from which modern society has become disengaged. The belief framework suggested by some ‘pre-history’ artefacts have been interpreted to celebrate and acknowledge the femina as the mother of man, the mother of civilisation and the mother of earth. The primitive mother goddess is a personification of nature, motherhood, fertility and creation – and has been interpreted as a symbol and testament to the feminile preeminence.
The accompanying documentary style short film is not designed as an artwork but a means to stimulate discourse: It attempts to remind the viewer that the recognition (and debate) of the unique importance of the femina role has been central to homo sapiens for millennia.