Fuzzy Goddess

Wooly Goddess of Willendorf
I'm still on a major prehistory kick. This piece was loosely inspired by the Venus of Willendorf, one of many enigmatic paleolithic figures of women of various forms, but usually quite zaftig, with lush, fertile bodies.

Venus of Willendorf photo cc by Don Hitchcock
Anthropologists and paleo archaeologists have been arguing for decades over the meaning of the Venus figurines. Are they fertility charms? Goddess figures? Pornography? Portraiture? No one knows, and no one will ever know for sure, unless we develop time travel of some sort. The mystery is part of what makes them beautiful.

In a culture where the dominant standard of beauty for women is super skinny and boyish, I find something very compelling in the fertile curves and folds of these ancient figures.

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