I have been reading up on female forms in ancient art, in relation to my previous and on-going study and interest in sacred geometry as a result of watching a documentary called “Rise and Fall of the Wise Woman” belonging to a series called Ancient Civilisations. This documentary has introduced me to the idea that during upper Palaeolithic and Neolithic eras, Matriarchal societies could well have been the norm. Checking out the art - the wall etchings, the sculptures, all of the forms seem to represent the female form as strong and powerful, with exaggerated bodies - large hips and breasts.
“There was a time in remote antiquity when the female was regarded as the single most important aspect of humanity… There was a time when our ancestors venerated the Goddess, not the Male God.” - Graham Hancock, Author of ‘Fingerprints of the Gods”
I’ve struggled in my relationship with food for a long while now. I went through issues with anorexia and bulimia in my teenage years and contrastingly, since my early 20’s I have been using food as a form of comfort. This has resulted in a lot of difficulty in regards to my own self-confidence, which is why I am now exploring the body through my art. I have decided to use my art to start exploring my feelings rather than to run away from them.
Watching this documentary together with some other recent experiences I’ve had has sparked this artistic exploration into the body - or more accurately, the female form. The ways in which the female forms are represented through prehistoric art really appeal to me. It seems accepting, embracing and almost worshipping of the roundness of the female body - in all of its differences; the total opposite of the way the female body is represented through androcentric medias in our current Western society.
My series of 5 fine liner drawings are an exploration of the female form with an attempt of viewing the body without judgement and conditioning. I have also represented these forms in conjunction with the 5 platonic solids and their elements: Earth: the hexahedron, Fire: the tetrahedron, Water; the icosahedron, Air: the octahedron and Ether: the dodecahedron.
It felt empowering to portray the female form in these new ways, exaggerated in their bodies as they may be. They feel more relatable; less like my previous pieces which have been depicting of thin, petite, in shape forms. I also used inspiration from Hanako Mimiko’s work in relation to her black and white forms that I’ve written about in a previous post!