archetypal symbols, contemporary prints, Divine Feminine, Goddess imagery, monoprints, monotype printing, Sacred Feminine, spring, Symbols of Birth
Spring is synonymous with terms like re-birth, renewal, and regeneration. With the Vernal Equinox which occurred on March 20, our days have started to become longer and there is more available light each day – buds have begun to emerge, flowers have begun to blossom. Spring is a time of hope and new beginnings.
In this new series of ten small monoprints The Flowering, 6″ x 5″, there are many metaphors to be found. Yes – seeds, flowers, opening, re-birth and renewal – all the images of Spring. The colors are bursting forth with a certain exhilaration – magentas and oranges, and various shades of reds. I use stencils of flowers, vines and mandalas to enhance and marry the images of nature. All of these prints celebrate an explosion of new life.
The Flowering also speaks to the Sacred Feminine and her role as Giver of Life. The focal point of these prints is an ancient fertility symbol, the rounded pubic triangle from which new life blossoms. As far back as the Paleolithic era, there are examples of the simplified vulva depicted on figurines and cave walls. These early markings point to fecundity and the miracle of life. Early ceramics from the Minoan and Cycladic cultures also use this motif to honor the birth-giving aspect of the Goddess. In this case, the female symbol was often flanked by sprouting seeds and young plants as the vulva was associated with the seed of wild fruit. (Sourced from Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas)
In The Flowering, I borrow from a universal visual language to carry on an ancient tradition of honoring women in their role as Life-Giver. The vulva is an archetype, a vessel to hold new life. There is a promise of magic in the process of birthing something new…
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