Ceramics: Raku | Low Fire | High Fire
A hand for Venus of Willendorf
Glaze: Mat on Woman; Red Lustre on Hand
Firing: Woman, Low Fire; Hand, Raku
The oldest sculpture in the world
Venus of Willendorf was made in Paleolithic, about 23,000 years ago. Venus of Willendorf is mysterious. When I look her up, it says, “She might be a symbol of fertility because looks like a pregnant woman.” Certainly, we want to give her a name, however supposing that there is no name. It was a time of Paleolithic: before the written word. People in Paleolithic had created her in order not to criticize her but to feel her. Besides, nobody knows the meaning of her any longer.
A meaning of art is many times found in its process. In the process, an artist sometimes loses a meaning and repeatedly finds it further. The meaning of Venus of Willendorf might be able to find in a process.
A Hand for Venus of Willendorf
I re-create Venus of Willendorf in ceramic to know something about this venus. I have been holding her shape of clay in my hand, and the more I curve, the more it fits in my hand. My five fingers sit in certain positions, and my palm feels like holding an egg. Since her feet bend not to stand, it might be meant to be held so that she impulses the nerves of a hand. This feeling takes away from all my questions about her, and keeps her another mystical directions. She might stimulate nerves through a hand for something important to a human being... I made a hand for her.
Raku | Low Fire | High Fire