ARTIST CREATIVE ART AND PAPER 8
ArtistCreative Art and Paper
ArtistCreative Art and Paper
Inthe prehistoric life of the communities at the time was based ontheir religious interpretation of different happenings in life. Thiscan be deduced from the way they worshiped and placed meanings theyplaced on different statues. One of the most important gods that theyworshiped and placed important religious meaning was the goddessesfor fertility and women features of fertility. Different communitiesplaced their faith in the fertility goddess as the giver of life andwoman as the bearer of human fertility.
Tocreate a creative art of such a goddess, I will use ideas from awoman statue, a roytalty queen and a girl looking like a goddess. Thefollowing are the three main female-figure statues that wereassociated with the important role of promoting fertility in theworld. They are Venusof Willendorf,who represents the ancient representation of a woman’s body, andthe idea of fertility. The second is Queen Nefertiti who representsthe aspect of royal ladies and queens. The third work of art is thatof Peplos Kore, a statue o a girl that is seen as a goddess.
Severalsculptures were made by the pre-historic artists who created a numberof representations that either depicted women fertility or goddessesof fertility. With a keen look and study of the three goddesses, itis possible to formulate a different goddess from the historicalfacts of the sculptures that represented each of these goddesses.This will involve a creativity of art that is based on the threeworks of art. The first sculpture that inspires such creativity isQueen Nefertiti. The sculpture was a statue that represented, QueenNefertiti, the royal wife of Akhenaten, a pharoh of the ancientEgypt. Queen Nefertiti was responsible for the main wife of the kingin the kingdom and was referred to as the sweet of love. Thisinspires the creation of a work of art that takes the ideas of therepresentation of a royalty from Egypt.
Thesecond work of art that inspires such creativity is the Venusof Willendorf is a female-figure statue that is estimated to be madeover 25000 years BCE. The Venus of Willendorf was considered to be arepresentation of the woman’s fertility as it represents the mainchild-bearing features of a woman. This therefore inspires my drawingby giving the basis ideas of a woman’s body at the prehistorictime.
Thethird work of art is that representing Peplos Kore. Peplos Kore was arepresentation of a girl, who was considered by many historians as arepresentation of a goddess. The sculpture is 117 centimeter statuethat is believed to have been made at around the 530 BC. Therefore,to creatively represent the goddess of fertility, it would be betterto consider the artistic features that are applied in the sculpturefor the Peplos Kore.
Basedon the inspiration of three prehistoric works of art, I herebypresent a creative art that I consider to be a work of art from theprehistoric times. The sketch below is that of a pre-historic artformed by me, a pre-historic artist of the 200 BC. The goddessexisted at the time and was revered for being in charge ofmotherhood, creation and fertility. This woman bows in front of thegoddess as a way of invoking the gods to grant her fertility and beable to bear children. This work of art represents the worship of thegoddess in the pre-historic Greek times. The goddess was worshippedin Greece during the period between the 1200 BC and 100 BC. Theperiod was marked by the Archaic Greek Artists.
Thiswork of art shows a number of iconography aspects. The first aspectof the iconography of this work is the statue of the goddess. Thefertility goddess stands on a stone sculpture inside a temple. Thisshows that the goddess was revered and considered a god. The statueof the fertility goddess is shaped in the form of a woman. Thissignifies the role of the goddess in the polytheistic pantheon ofgods. The statue of the goddess is also shaped in the manner that wasregarded as the most attractive shape of a woman at the time. Likeother goddesses in the pre-historic religions, she holds the image ofthe ultimate beauty, which sets her apart from the images of thehuman beings.
Theother aspect of iconography is the height of the sculpture, whichsuggests the strength of the material it was made from. The goddessis further standing on a high platform. This is deliberately done tosignify the position that a god or a goddess held in the society. Thegoddess is therefore an overseer of the people, and being on a highplatform communicates this position to any worshiper that approachesthe sacred place.
Thematerial that makes the sculpture is an important aspect of theiconography of this work of art. The statue is 107 centimeters highand carries a weight of forty pounds. The statue is thick enough andshows the main features of a woman, who is not just a normal humanbeing but a goddess. The basic features of a woman in her middle agesare clearly visible on the statue. By creating a woman goddess, theartwork represents the close relation between women and the fertilitygoddess.
Thephysical features of the work of art for the goddess are also animportant feature to illustrate. For instance, the hands of thegoddess are stretched towards the front. This is done with theintention of creating a welcoming environment that calls foreveryone. The stretched hands show that the goddess was ready to helpthe people who approached her with requests of fertility. It ishowever important to note that the right hand of the goddess is morestretched than the left hand. This perhaps illustrates the welcomingnature of the goddess who stretched the perceived stronger hand. Thiscould also be a way of the pre-historic artist like me to balance thesculpture by spreading the weight of the mass.
Otherfeatures of the body are the eyes. The eyes of the goddess are sharp,looking forward and brightly shining. This shows the alertness thatthe goddess had towards the people who come to worship. In addition,it shows the readiness of the goddess to address the issues presentedby the worshipers. In addition, the statue is also painted usingbasic colors. The colors have, however, fainted over time as thestatue ages over the period of the archaic Greek artwork.
Anothericonographic element is the platform on which the statue of thegoddess rests on. The platform is a prehistoric earthwork made ofstones that are well organized to hold the mass of the sculpturestatue of the goddess. The stones are laid in an order, followingeach other systematically to form a type of a stand similar to analtar. The space created by the stones offers a platform for thecover of the stones that is made in earth ware. The stones form thefoundation of the cover, a cover where the sculpture rests on.
Finally,the woman who is bowing in front of the statue is kneeling down,showing an aspect of ancient worship. The woman seems to be wellcovered and dressed in a manner that covers her body respectfully.However, the shape of the front face and the chest shows clearly thatthis is a woman, probably of middle age. The woman has stretched herhands towards her knelt limbs, mostly because it is a show of respectfor the goddess. This was a prehistoric way of showing respect thatthe people actually received the divine help from the gods, by beinghumble before them, even though not physical. The physical stretchingof the hands shows an act of showing everything is laid down, and nota physical act of posing. The woman kneels to show the reverence thatpeople had towards the gods. It is the action that describes theevents being represented by the artwork. The woman has also coveredher body, particularly her head, to show more respect to the goddess.This is the activity that actually gives the whole work of art themeaning. Without the woman worshiping the goddess, the artwork couldnot be representing the prehistoric occasion of The Fertility Plead.
Theoverall meaning of the creative work of art is a woman worshiping afemale-figured statue, which brings the aspect of fertility goddessin the prehistoric times. The work of art shows the goddess in asharp body image of a woman, the work of art shows the position ofthe goddess in the polytheistic pantheon of the gods in the ArchaicGreek times. This art is inspired by the representation of an ancientwoman body figure as seen in the Venusof Willendorf, the representation of royalty as seen in the QueenNefertiti and the representation of a girl as seen by the PeplosKore.